Hiss Spun

Chelsea Wolfe - Hiss Spun
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2017 Ratings: #172 / 938
User Score
Based on 441 ratings
2017 Rank: #151
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Record Collector

Hiss Spun is easily a contender for her best work.

90
Angry Metal Guy
Hiss Spun finds Wolfe embracing doom wholeheartedly, pushing back the much stronger industrial and electronic overtones from Abyss, without abandoning these attributes, and shifting the thick wall of guitars and distortion up front.
90
musicOMH
While Wolfe’s incredible vocals are the main draw, her long term collaborator Ben Chisholm deserves significant recognition too. Not only does his fuzzed-to-fuck bass make these songs feel genuinely threatening, his manipulation of sound and creation of washes and collages provides unsettling backgrounds for Wolfe to weave her magic over.
90
The 405

After years of delivering on her promise, it comes as no surprise that Hiss Spun is as good as it is. The instrumental tracks dance around Wolfe’s soaring vocals and ultimately collide with them perfectly to create a collection of songs that are a joy to listen to.

89
Paste

With each release, Wolfe moved forward and built higher, climbing toward something deeper, darker and clearer than she’d done before. Only time will tell where her new album Hiss Spun fits in, but it’s not hard to hear it as the culmination of her efforts over the past seven years.

85
The Line of Best Fit

On Hiss Spun, Chelsea Wolfe creates a world for her listeners to occupy, a dense and florid landscape into which they can sink.

80
Slant Magazine

The expansive Hiss Spun marks the most cohesive iteration of Wolfe’s sound to date, as she weathers life’s uproars by overcoming the claustrophobia of simply being present within dark, interior spaces.

80
Kerrang!
Truly, Chelsea Wolfe has hit upon something very heavy here--something that'll haunt your nightmares long after it ends.
80
Dork
Chelsea Wolfe’s most chilling performance yet.
80
Mojo
Wolfe is the epicentre of the maelstrom, a banshee wailing through songs called things like Welt and Scrape.
80
Uncut
A beautiful paradox of angsty noise and beguiling craft.
80
Loud and Quiet
Fans may have been left wondering how Wolfe would follow up a record as powerful and bleak as 2015s ‘Abyss’, but her fifth studio album ‘Hiss Spun’ is likely to become regarded as her most experimental and epic outing to date.
80
Exclaim!

Listening to Hiss Spun is a punishing affair, but it's a rewarding one too. It's the sound of an artist not afraid to dig deep emotionally, and that challenges the listener to do so as well.

80
The Skinny

The enigmatic Chelsea Wolfe has been patiently mastering her craft for some time now. Hiss Spun, her sixth long player, is nothing but proof of that. There is no one really like Wolfe – True Widow are the only act to come close – crossing goth-inspired singer-songwriting folk with gloom metal.

80
AllMusic

Both fierce and fragile, Hiss Spun presents an artist in compelling control of the entire scope of her expression.

80
PopMatters

The shadows, as well as the sparse pinpricks of light that populate Hiss Spun suggest an uncanny landscape, one filled with strange nightmares regarding you from a distance. Which is to say the album has, incontrovertibly this time, real depth and mystery.

80
Drowned in Sound

Though Hiss Spun probably won't end up as the best of her career, it may well be Wolfe's best so far.

72
Pitchfork
As much as Wolfe broods, the songs don’t illuminate her pain all that much. The people and travails she sings about dwell in the periphery of the music like flickering shadows.
70
No Ripcord

Hiss Spun is the first record from Chelsea Wolfe that commits entirely to the more catastrophic elements of her repertoire, and the results are equal parts stunning and terrifying.

70
The Needle Drop

Chelsea Wolfe's foray into the slow and heavy sounds of doom/atmospheric sludge metal is admirable and mostly successful, but does come with some growing pains.

60
Spectrum Culture

One thing’s for sure, Hiss Spun is a deeply emotional album, and it’s telling that Wolfe can hardly complete a song without erupting into relentless distorted breakdowns.

60
The Irish Times
It takes some listening to absorb and even more to appreciate, but this idiosyncratic concoction is oddly intoxicating.
58
A.V. Club
For all the genuinely moving moments—Wolfe is nothing if not inspiringly baroque in lyrics and delivery—the album as a whole coheres too much, one song blurring into the next without enough emotional or musical variance to distinguish the entirety. Even with the odd experiment or sonic transition, Chelsea Wolfe isn’t letting off the accelerator enough for listeners to appreciate the nuance.
BradTasteMusic
82

The ideas behind this album we’re better than the album itself. It came out in a week where, it was either this, or more boring indie pop. I’ll gladly take this over another critic-paid jerk off fest.

That being said, songs like Twin Fawn still go soooo hard, and I love that this was such a lane change for Chealsea, that she came totally prepared for.

Edit 74->82: I still find myself engaged and enjoying this album a lot many years later

DarkCat
91

(Analbumaday Day 83)

This was a shock to me! Really enjoyed the atmosphere throughout this album, so deep and menacing, really captivated me. The heavier songs are awesome, the calmer, broodier songs didn’t leave as much of an impact but we’re still engaging, I commend Chelsea for creating a really compelling and powerful album. The highlights are 16 Psyche, Vex, The Culling and Twin Fawn.

depechemode4lif
79

While one of the things I loved about Abyss was its blend of electronic and metal elements so part of me misses that, but bubba Wolfe does a good job in this style

HarbourFlix
NR

You know, the only really bad thing about this is that, whenever i listen to this at night the white cover art hurts my eyes.

Schleierleier
80

This shit feels like drowning in tar while your sleep paralysis demon sings you a lullaby.

eliandres00lp
95

She's like one of the best songwriters of the past decade.

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Track List

1Spun
5:28
83
216 Psyche
4:18
97
3Vex
3:02
92
4Strain
1:13
76
5The Culling
6:00
88
6Particle Flux
4:52
79
7Twin Fawn
6:06
95
8Offering
2:49
80
9Static Hum
4:21
89
10Welt
1:54
74
11Two Spirit
5:04
84
12Scrape
3:03
93
Total Length: 48 minutes
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Added on: June 14, 2017