AOTY 2019
Juana Molina - Halo
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2017 Ratings: #23 / 725
User Score
Based on 117 ratings
2017 Ratings: #65
April 7, 2017 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Drowned in Sound

We shouldn’t expect less mastery from a physicist two decades into her field – yet, even for Molina, who has trekked odysseys through drone and voice before, Halo marks an epiphany in the science of travel.

91
GIGsoup
Completely free of genre restraints, ‘Halo’ is an album that exists purely on its own terms. It’s independently spirited but it’s certainly not indie. It’s buzzing with synthesizers though it’s anything but electronica and it has a gentle, acoustic sway at times despite being nothing like folk.
80
The Independent
Despite not understanding a word of what she’s singing about, it’s entirely entrancing, in a manner simultaneously strange and familiar.
80
AllMusic

Halo, Molina's first release since 2013's Wed 21, feels like a logical snapshot of her ongoing journey, presenting 12 new tracks that are as eccentric as they are inviting.

80
The Guardian
The daughter of a tango musician, Molina may sing in a trance-like whisper, but she understands the importance of rhythm; many of the songs are underpinned by a sturdy bass line, over which she adds guitar, bass or keyboards, playing all the instruments herself on several tracks.
80
Pitchfork

Halo is Molina’s seventh and strongest LP. She wields a sonic palette refined by two decades of experimentation to create a narrative defined not by words, but by mood.

80
PopMatters

She is in full control of Halo, and it’s clear from start to finish.

80
No Ripcord

Halo is just as effective when taken purely as an aural experience; just like the symbolic spirit she invokes, her challenging and throbbing entanglements are impossible to turn away from.

80
Uncut

Juana Molina doesn’t make records very often, but the speed of her evolution means that Halo – haunting, bassy and electronic – is light years away from, say, the fragile, trebly and acoustic Son.

KengojiUltamYT
87
Super creative Folktronica. Some tracks drag in the second half. The rest is excellent. "Paraguaya" is my favorite track out of all of them. Great Album
notbuzzzila
77
REALLY GOOD

Juana Molina crafts a totally unique soundscape on Halo. A desolate wasteland of minimal synth and folk, you'll be lost in a canyon of nothingness one second and enchanted by unique synths the next. This will take a lot of listens before it's fully digested, but this is really something special.

FOR FANS OF: Jenny Hval and Susanne Sundfør's Argentine lovechild
DiegoPaim01
75
Bem silencioso, atmosférico, mas enérgico ao mesmo tempo, este disco foi uma surpresa pra mim pela excentricidade destas composições. Excentricidade essa que não chega a ser um experimentalismo muito avançado, são melodias razoavelmente simples arranjadas com levadas eletrônicas, detalhes sintetizados aqui e ali e guitarras/cordas/baixos aparecendo muito bem dando destaque para algumas músicas. Tudo é bem silencioso, a ... read more
daFigz
83
Quoting AllMusic’s Timothy Monger, “Training an audience to expect the unexpected is a tough trick, but after two decades, Molina’s reputation as a bold sonic explorer is well established.” For me, this says a lot about Molina’s art. That I can appropriate her music in the US without any hassle opens my experience to a new level. Innerwebs being what it is… Profoundly expansive. And a global catalog of sorts. [I’m reminded of my small kid days thumbing ... read more
holsgr
67
( ☆☆☆ ) nice but irregular/boring at times
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Track List

  1. Paraguaya
  2. Sin dones
  3. Lentísimo halo
  4. In the lassa
  5. Cosoco
  6. Cálculos y oráculos
  7. Los pies helados
  8. A00 B01
  9. Cara de espejo
  10. Andó
  11. Estalacticas
  12. Al oeste
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