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Zola Jesus


Sixth album of experimental electropop from Phoenix-born Nika Roza Danilova

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Sacred Bones
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  1. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Arkhon is filled to the brim with so many eclectic ideas that, with a different writer or vocalist, could end up too cluttered
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  2. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    The world may have caught up with the darkness of Zola Jesus, but there's a lot more beyond the gothy surface here
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  3. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Her seventh album still matches any of its predecessors while achieving both a greater sense of sweep and a little more variety. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   All Music

    Though Danilova closes the album with the exultant "Do That Anymore," in its own way Arkhon is more challenging than her music has been in some time. Some of the changes she introduces don't seem necessary until they're heard, but they're all in service to her commitment to using sound in powerfully empathetic ways
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  5. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    A stripped back approach sees Nika Rosa Danilova forge a new way forward out of the darkness on sixth album
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  6. 8.0 |   The Music

    It is a wild ride
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  7. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    Like her vision for the future, ARKHON was not a project realized alone; compared to previous albums, Danilova said the album is more a product of collaboration rather than a solo venture
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  8. 7.8 |   Paste Magazine

    In her vastest music yet, the Slavic-American art-pop musician walks through the fires of turbulence and emerges a more balanced person
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  9. 7.3 |   Beats Per Minute

    Arkhon is a distinct statement. Even Danilova’s uneven work manages to be intriguing
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  10. 7.1 |   Pitchfork

    Nika Roza Danilova’s sixth record is more collaborative, widening the scope of her music and taking big leaps while retaining its primal, gothic spirit
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  11. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Not a perfect album, but a perfect amalgamation of Zola Jesus’ journey as an artist up to this point. The powers that be are playing a game that they themselves rigged, and in response, Zola Jesus is playing her own game on her own terms
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  12. 6.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Arkhon is not an unenjoyable listen; it’s just expectedly complacent, in opposition to the suggestion of boundary-breaking that the work of Zola Jesus evokes. No other artist is occupying this pop niche, but she hasn’t fully moved in herself
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  13. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Arkhon is an impressively solid album, if sometimes lacking in originality. It confirms the place of Zola Jesus in the pantheon of dark and slightly twisted contemporary pop
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