Tim Hecker - Virgins
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2013 Ratings: #28 / 960
Year End Rank: #27
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Based on 329 ratings
2013 Ratings: #14
October 14, 2013 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
PopMatters

As much as a ton of work goes into his records, both sonically and conceptually, it never stops Tim Hecker records from being tremendously exciting and enjoyable, and from feeling like Hecker is enjoying himself. That’s not to say Virgins isn’t a serious, complex, often challenging work; it’s all of those things.

90
Spin

It convulses with a sense of limitless possibility; it rolls up everything Hecker has done before this and, as is his wont, pulverizes it into a fine mash. What's new is the thing he molds from the dampened ashes.

90
The Needle Drop
Canadian music producer Tim Hecker returns with a stunning collection of tracks that make for some of the most beautiful music I've heard this year.
85
The 405

When before we had anonymous landscapes and lonely rides through unknown dystopias, we now have an identity, purpose and meaning to the bleak and emotional sounds, and it's really quite astonishing.

83
Pitchfork

Hecker’s music has always been eerie, but never this forceful. Some sections of Virgins feel like soundtracks for horror-movie climaxes when the camera fixes on a sickening image and refuses to turn away, fascinated and trapped at the same time.

80
FACT Magazine

This volatility is Virgins’ most intriguing feature; where on previous albums you would expect Hecker’s songs to soar, now they teem with internal energy. The result, unexpectedly, is his most ambitious record yet.

80
Drowned in Sound

Another essential release then, but a step towards theory-over-content that Hecker never really needed.

80
The Line of Best Fit

The layers of noise, which at first may seem intimidating, are so harmonically rich they immerse the listener as the sounds interact creating new and unexpectedly mellifluous sounds.

80
AllMusic

Hecker's sound signature may still be instantly recognizable, but there is no denying that he has moved significantly farther down the path toward something else with Virgins.

80
Resident Advisor

That Hecker manages to layer such full, independent sounds over and across each other without ever losing the emotional heart of what he's building is evidence of his increasingly unique understanding of texture and mood.

thomasny18
90
My day has been dreadful. Scrap that, this month has been dreadful. I've barely done anything, other than listening to music. My life is a waste.

I still for some reason cannot get into this Tim Hecker album. It's not bad, just every track kinda sounds the same. Must've tried getting into this around 5 times. Even fell asleep listening to this thing. I just really want to like it! Everyone loves this fucking thing, but not me!

Hmm, this is definitely a "night" album and I haven't ... read more
KIDWITHGUNs
81
Solid

I'm not even joking... this feels like what you would find if you searched on YouTube; "Lucid Dreaming" and found a song that was an hour long
BuffaloStaple
85
*shudders*
amygoodall
86
MAAAAAN!
laz456
70
Sadly I don't resonate with this one nearly as much as most of his other material. Maybe it will click one day but I have listened to this thing probably a dozen times over the past year or so and still it's just not my favorite thing even though it seems like it should be.
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MISC LISTS

#37/Pitchfork (Ambient)

Track List

  1. Prism
  2. Virginal I
  3. Radiance
  4. Live Room
  5. Live Room Out
  6. Virginal II
  7. Black Refraction
  8. Incense at Abu Ghraib
  9. Amps, Drugs, Harmonium
  10. Stigmata I 
  11. Stigmata II
  12. Stab Variation
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