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Stridulum II

Zola Jesus

Stridulum II

Gothic electronica and dark pop from singer Nika Roza Danilova on the UK reissue of the US Stridulum EP with three added tracks

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  1. 9.0 |   Rave Magazine

    [The] simplicity, vulnerability and directness are well beyond Danilova’s 21 years
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  2. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Well rounded and perfectly paced, Stridulum II’s dark sonic tapestry proves that the future for Zola Jesus is as bright as Nika will allow
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  3. 8.5 |   The Quietus

    Zola Jesus creates music for the night, for the winter, sounds to accompany the light as it draws itself in
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  4. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Finds Jesus moving away from her avant-garde early recordings and embracing direct songwriting and pithier instrumentation, to arresting results
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  5. 8.0 |   NME

    The gorgeously ethereal soundscape of a thousand years of heartbreak unleashed into one mighty howl
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  6. 8.0 |   The Digital Fix

    A stunning blend of gothic electronica that overwhelms the senses, this album is darkly gritty with a tendency towards a huge anthemic sound
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  7. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    If there was ever a doubt Zola Jesus had talent under all the noise and electronics, then here is the raw proof, howling at you from the stereo
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  8. 8.0 |   The Fly

    ‘Stridulum II’’s lyricism points to apocalypse and suffering, but is cradled gently in possibly the strongest vocal performance this year
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  9. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Her sound is instantly transfixing. Print edition only

  10. 7.0 |   music OMH

    Comparisons to Florence Welch may be forthcoming but as opposed to Welch, you sense a greater awareness of lyrics with Danilova, a history and meaning behind her words
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  11. 7.0 |   AU Review

    Unnerving, but impressive
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  12. 6.0 |   State

    Zola Jesus is a powerful artist with a cavernous appetite for trailing new ground and Stridulum II is the perfect juncture to join her on that journey
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  13. 6.0 |   State

    The steps from the lo-fi-noise dawdlings to her current gothic-pop sound may have disgruntled some of Rosa’s fans but for most it’s a rewarding move
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  14. 6.0 |   BBC

    Her compositions can appear vulnerable, hollow and frail. Too often the same cheap sonic and lyrical slogans are rolled out; tweaked and served up as fresh offerings
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  15. 4.0 |   The Skinny

    Aside from the swirling horror-movie-scene-set-in-a-crypt keyboards, Nika’s voice is a cold, distant thing, robbed – like one imagines the singer might have been – of human contact
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