PARADISE

ANOHNI - PARADISE
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
User Score
Based on 114 ratings
2017 Ratings: #410
March 17, 2017 / Release Date
EP / Format
Secretly Canadian, Rough Trade / Label
Electropop, Art Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!

The sheer force of the music, coupled with the weight of the EP's profoundly politicized lyrics, propels it well beyond that of a simple protest album.

80
PopMatters

Paradise is a searing and compelling indictment of our global predicament. These songs smolder and burn like never before, making for an intense and necessarily uncomfortable listening experience.

80
The Skinny

Paradise may be titled ironically, but it refuses to wallow in cynicism, ending with concern about the state of the world, but hoping that unity will guide us through difficult times.

77
Pitchfork

Paradise challenges its listeners to emotionally engage with their surroundings in hopes that they develop a conscious understanding that there are consequences to our daily conveniences.

75
Paste

ANOHNI has never had trouble flooring us with big feelings. Her challenge now is jolting us to take action.

75
The 405

Paradise is a safe bridge from HOPELESSNESS, where the singer is able to express herself in another wide collection of musical manifestos.

70
AllMusic

While the assaultive nature of Hopelessness was a bit hard to take for 41 minutes, Paradise makes a stronger impression at only 23, making its blunt but powerfully articulate points and then moving on.

60
Crack Magazine

If Paradise isn’t an easy record, it is an important one. Post-Trump, Anohni’s message is even more potent. Don’t look away.

exception
58
With the exception of the songs Paradise and Jesus Will Kill You, the follow up release to Anohni's stellar Hopelessness album last year is a huge letdown. With filler (on a fucking EP) and just straight up boring songs, it makes me wonder if Oneohtrix Point Never and Hudson Mohawke were the true stars of her last album, and not Anohni herself.
slamlesslamb
61
‘Paradise’ largely continues the overt political themes of ANOHNI’s 2016 debut ‘Hopelessness’ but unfortunately it is guilty of the clunkiness it’s predecessor has been accused of. The lyrics on this EP get old very quickly, especially since the overall sound of the project is more bare and makes the lyrics more upfront in the landscape of the songs. Sonically, the electropop of ‘Hopelessness’ has given way to a more bare, almost tribal sound. ... read more
JulianGomez974
65
After the killer HOPELESSNESS, you'd expect that ANOHNI's leftover would be incredible too... well they're not. It's not that I'm against these kind of EPs but in this case I think there's really no point in releasing it. The songs indeed deal with themes of her debut but here without a solid context they feel rather empty, like they're just wandering in space. They're just don't excite me or feel enough focused.

Fav tracks: Ricochet.
Least fav track: Jesus Will Kill You.
70
After a great album, this LP isn't satisfy at all. Sound is too loud and suppress vocal. So that the lyrics ununderstandable at all.
WildChameleon
62
+ Paradise
+ Paradise ...
+ ... Paradise
+ Eventually Ricochet
+ Thanks for Anohni, this just an EP ...

- ... Because it's very Uncohesive
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Track List

  1. In My Dreams
  2. Paradise
  3. Jesus Will Kill You
  4. You Are My Enemy
  5. Ricochet
  6. She Doesn’t Mourn Her Loss
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Added on: January 26, 2017