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The Practice Of Love

Jenny Hval

The Practice Of Love

Seventh studio album from Norwegian singer-songwriter and novelist featuring guest appearances from Félicia Atkinson, Laura Jean and Vivian Wang

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  1. 9.0 |   Crack

    Gone is the coarse mixing and homespun production hallmarks that marked her previous releases, replaced here by an acoustic clarity that prioritises the album’s array of crisp beats, a range that spans the thunderous techno of Accident to the hypnotic bell chimes of Ordinary
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  2. 8.6 |   Pitchfork

    The Norweigan artist brings her heady, personal text into the world of dance music to create an affecting, transcendental album that lives on the boundary of pop and the avant-garde
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  3. 8.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    The Practice of Love blurs edges and boundaries
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  4. 8.5 |   The 405

    Compared to the often dense structures of her work in the past, the album possesses a near looseness, comfortable letting itself drift between lulling electronic backdrops, more groove than orchestration
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  5. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    The eight tracks here amount to a brief, concise, succinct album that serves as an exquisite counterpoint to the vivid horror of Blood Bitch
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  6. 8.0 |   All Music

    It may be her subtlest, most approachable album yet; though its ideas are just as complex and provocative as those of Blood Bitch or Apocalypse, Girl, there's something welcoming about it that engages the hearts and minds of her listeners fully
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  7. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    The album’s title is borrowed from a film where the core topic was male jurisdiction over the female protagonist
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  8. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Jenny Hval returns with a compellingly self-assured and euphoric collection of cathartic meditations and unorthodox bangers
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  9. 8.0 |   The Independent

    The sound world of The Practice of Love is a dreamy place to be
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  10. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    A wistful meditation on ageing
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  11. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Wrapping The Practice of Love in avant-pop instrumentation, Hval nimbly threads complex sentiments through its prismatic shades of sound
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  12. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Hval deals in big cerebral questions, but these songs - intimate, intricately fleshed out - have roots in both body and mind. Print edition only

  13. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Hval understands well the strange, seductive, subversive potency of "cheap" music
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  14. 8.0 |   Clash

    Transcendental trance with some fierce poetry and song? Colour us impressed
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  15. 8.0 |   Resident Advisor

    The Norwegian's piercing intelligence combines with inviting synth-led production on this exceptional album
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  16. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Like listening to a recorded therapy session with the patient being an intelligent, philosophical schizophrenic
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  17. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    On The Practice of Love, Jenny Hval reveals her sensitive humane core
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  18. 8.0 |   Q

    Sees Hval continue to stretch the parameters of pop. Print edition only

  19. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Hval's music, which could be coined as transcendental trance on The Practice of Love, is becoming more accessible, but it comes without existing expectations. Hval's art flows from above as energetic poetry
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