Sevdaliza - ISON
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Based on 3 reviews
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Based on 133 ratings
2017 Ratings: #105
April 26, 2017 / Release Date
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Twisted Elegance / Label
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83
GIGsoup
There’s certainly no shortage of industrial-flavoured electronics to be found on ‘ISON’, however, these are also combined with trip hop beats, orchestral arrangements, subtle keys, stunningly agile vocals and deeply reflective lyrics, all of which are woven together into a rich and detailed tapestry.
80
PopMatters

To listen to it from start to finish is to take a decently sized day trip into another dimension, a deep exploration of Sevdaliza’s creative mind—and it couldn’t be more beautiful.

77
Pitchfork

ISON is an album that gets under your skin and lingers in your thoughts. As warm and inviting as it gets at times, Sevdaliza was right not to make it too easy on the listener.

Audiohype
80
Only based on one listen but initial thoughts:

A really smooth, meditative R&B/trip-hop style album in the same vein of FKA Twigs, but with some notable differences. Sevdaliza seems to pace her songs much slower, perhaps more comparably to Lana Del Rey, making her whole aura feel more spaced out and heavy. The production also carries the Nostalgic feeling of Lana with segments of speech (Marilyn Monroe of course, being the prime example). Despite the electronic current and bass of the ... read more
Plats
77
"ISON" is a pretty solid project that features chilling production, great structuring and tight songwriting. Sevdaliza's vocals aren't anything to write home about, but they add to the overall atmosphere and sometimes act as a texture. My real complaint is that some ideas drag out for way too long (you could've added more lyrics to "Angel" to justify the length). If "ISON" was cut down to about 12 tracks, this would've been one of the better trip-hop records of the ... read more
EMR
53
Iranian singer/songwriter Sevdaliza has been steadily building up a loyal fanbase around the world with her delirious, surreal videos and soothing voice, usually accompanied by a very powerful (yet sparse) atmospheric production style behind her. It comes as no surprise, then, that her debut album, ISON, immediately reaches a considerably large audience, furthermore carrying some heavy anticipation with it. No surprises at all, the elegant artist leaves behind great past singles like That Other ... read more
Carlosbarbosa00
86
Com muita maestria sevdaliza entregou um dos melhores álbuns de 2017, produções bem feitas, melodias cativantes e letras inteligentes. Bluecid é uma das melhores músicas que já ouvi, esse álbum é bastante sólido e me fez ter ainda mais vontade de conhecer a sevdaliza. Seu único defeito é ser longo demais e conter uma ou duas músicas que acabam não se destacando como as outras, o que acaba dando um tom um ... read more
Meloetta
64
ISON is an album with some of the most magnificent highs that trip-hop/electronic could possibly provide. ''Hubris'', in particular, was one of the only times a key change genuinely came out of seemingly nowhere and shocked me, while Bluecid was one of the most gorgeous tracks I've ever heard. The problem is, this is a 17 track album that would've worked much better as an EP. Between all of the glorious moments that can be heard, too much of the album feels quite repetitive and even fades into ... read more
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Track List

  1. Shahmaran
  2. Libertine
  3. Marilyn Monroe
  4. Hubris
  5. Amandine Insensible
  6. Hero
  7. Scarlette
  8. Bluecid
  9. Loves Way
  10. Human
  11. Do You Feel Real
  12. The Language of Limbo
  13. Replaceable
  14. Grace
  15. When I Reside
  16. Angel
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