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Loud City Song

Julia Holter

Loud City Song

Third album from the Californian singer-songwriter and experimental sound artist

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8.2

Label
Domino
UK Release date
19/08/2013
US Release date
20/08/2013
  1. 9.0 |   Clash

    Although it takes more than a couple of listens for ‘Loud City Song’ to feel like a cohesive album, the reward once you do is well worth the outlay
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  2. 9.0 |   Fact

    Don’t let the singular beauty of Loud City Song fool you. Holter may write stunning pop-tinged songs, but she’s an experimental artist through and through
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  3. 9.0 |   The Fly

    Holter’s voice swoons and flutters with the joyful freedom of a woman entering a pop rabbit-hole all her own
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  4. 9.0 |   NME

    This is wild music, a celestial cabaret that absorbs and unsettles
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  5. 9.0 |   Uncut

    Like any new city, this album may take some time getting used to - there's beauty everywhere, but the streets are far from a neat grid. Print edition only.

  6. 9.0 |   music OMH

    Holter’s most accomplished and imaginative album
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  7. 9.0 |   The Irish Times

    These bewitching songs, both quiet and loud, reverberate more deeply with every listen
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  8. 9.0 |   The 405

    Holter's latest effort rewards patience and perseverance; it turns out it's not 'difficult' at all, but is instead a breathtaking and immersive listen
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  9. 9.0 |   All Music

    Holter's most polished work to date, and another example of how she upholds and redefines what it means to be an avant-garde singer/songwriter
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  10. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    It’s an impressive record to listen to—the compositions are even more beautiful than Ekstasis, even though they’re often more fragmented
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  11. 9.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Loud City Song may not be loud, but the echo it makes is unforgettable
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  12. 8.8 |   Beats Per Minute

    A true achievement
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  13. 8.7 |   Bowlegs

    Not many people are working their way across the seam between the avant garde and the ’sophisticated’ soul of Sade or Cassandra Wilson quite like Julia Holter
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  14. 8.6 |   Pitchfork

    If Ekstasis had the serene intimacy of home recordings made with the apartment curtains drawn, Loud City Song finds her flinging open the drapes and taking rhythmic cues from the bustle of people below
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  15. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Like her previous works, Loud City Song requires time and patience, but once you grasp its intent the investment will feel wholly worthwhile
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  16. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Designed for longevity over quick appeal. For those of you wistful for this approach, look no further
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  17. 8.0 |   Q

    Her songs are challenging, expansive and cinematic. Print edition only

  18. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    A beautiful reminder that we're all doomed
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  19. 8.0 |   DIY

    Superficiality and loneliness have never sounded so tender and dazzling
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  20. 8.0 |   Mojo

    A bona fide musical magician. Print edition only

  21. 8.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Loud City Song is a sightseeing trip with a person fully able to portray the objective beauty of the sights, as well as her own take on them
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  22. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    It is an easier, more focused listen than Ekstasis
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  23. 8.0 |   Spin

    One of the most ambitious, unusual, and engaging albums of the year
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  24. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    A jaw-dropping accomplishment
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  25. 7.0 |   FasterLouder

    No matter how abstract the arrangements Holter finds a way to make them inclusive rather than isolating
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  26. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    This is an incredibly hard album to work out
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  27. 3.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    For the most part this feels a little bit like being dragged along to witness a friend’s first attempt at experimental theatre: mostly painful, and thoroughly tedious
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