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Birth Of Violence

Chelsea Wolfe

Birth Of Violence

Sixth studio album from the Sacramento experimental, noise-folk singer-songwriter

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Sargent House
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  1. 10.0 |   Gigwise

    Birth of Violence shows that Wolfe is an enchantress and the High Priestess of her field amongst her peers like Emma Ruth Rundle, Zola Jesus and Jenny Hval
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  2. 9.0 |   Paste Magazine

    Because of Wolfe’s newfound ability to communicate so much more with less, you could call Birth of Violence a tour de force — only Wolfe has mastered the art of eschewing force altogether
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  3. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Birth of Violence isn’t Wolfe’s best album, or her most intense, or her most accessible. But what it is is a combination of elegant songcraft, dread-fuelled musicianship and otherworldly vocals
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  4. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    An album full of earthly and ethereal wonder
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  5. 8.2 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    This is, arguably, the most consistent sounding album she has ever produced, and although it may not appeal to every one of her fans, it’ll certainly have old fans relishing in the brooding, spiritual journey it provides
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  6. 8.0 |   All Music

    Another triumph, Birth of Violence is a potent - if hushed - reminder that Wolfe's intensity never wavers, no matter how she expresses it
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  7. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Birth of Violence is sublimely beautiful, pure of heart and spirit
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  8. 8.0 |   Kerrang!

    This is the work of a brilliant artist who is singular in both talent and vision. And that’s worth taking proper time away to discover
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  9. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    She stays true to her eerie and spooky vibe, but manages to make it more bouncy and vibrant, with sluggish guitar and loud metal-like snare drums
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  10. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Rather like Bruce Springsteen's lo-fi masterpiece Nebraska, Wolfe re-creates a sparseness (albeit with modern production methods) that shows off her best assets, doing more with less
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  11. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Chelsea Wolfe is a gothic Gaia figure on intoxicating new folk rock album Birth of Violence.
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  12. 8.0 |   Q

    Gloominess is nothing new in traditional American music, but Wolfe layers the sorrow with a compelling sense of urgency. Print edition only

  13. 8.0 |   Mojo

    The result is charged and post-apocalyptic. Print edition only

  14. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    As nimble as Sun Kil Moon, or as deluging as PJ Harvey, Wolfe keeps her Taylor acoustic guitar and graceful voice at a constant
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  15. 7.3 |   Northern Transmission

    It seems as though every Chelsea Wolfe album is cathartic, but never before has both the artist and her audience so desperately needed this kind of emotional purging
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  16. 7.0 |   Uncut

    An album that displays Wolfe's versatility and ability to stir power from whispers as easily as she does howls. Print edition only

  17. 6.7 |   A.V. Club

    With melodies that are stretched thin and simplistic lyrics that feel even more so next to the sophisticated arrangements, Birth Of Violence’s dark beauty is like standing outside watching the stars in winter: stark, beautiful, and a little numbing
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