Sevdaliza - ISON
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
User Score
Based on 109 ratings
2017 Ratings: #121
April 26, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Twisted Elegance / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

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.

EMR
63
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
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
flaviofrancoo
72
You can see so much influence of FKA Twigs and Bjork all over the tracks.
Z.Younk
NR
I hate, HATE comparing trip-hop to Portishead, but they make it damn near impossible on this LP, as much of the compositions are very derivative / influenced by Portishead. A decent trip-hop album in classic fashion, but lacking in songwriting for me, and certainly nothing too impressive or above-the-norm going on as far as production.
75
If it did not have so many songs it would sound more cohesive
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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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