Jenny Hval
Viscera


4.5
superb

Review

by Matt P. STAFF
September 29th, 2011 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I carefully rearranged my senses, so they could have a conversation...

There could be no better title for Jenny Hval's first eponymous release, Viscera. The tracks, each equally as an individual and as a cohesive effort, are contemplations fleshed out with notes and words. Yet, these inner dialogues are not the product of careful preparation but rather of climactic release. It is an album crafted from ideas that were presented as they came, unhindered and virgin. Each track focuses around a central thought or idea which usually manifests itself in the vocal lines rather than the work of the instruments. Yet the brilliance of the entire work lies in the ability of each element to bring itself to the front of a passage just when it's needed and never overstaying it's welcome. The gentle steel lines of the guitars weave in and out and around the undulations of Hval's voice while the omnipresent pulse of the heart moves it ever forward. Such is the power of presenting these raw ideas as they appear. Not once is the music lost in its own inspiration. It is the uncanny presentation of the human soul as it courses through the veins of the physical body.

Yet what makes the album more than just another dark visage of female-voiced folk is the subtle viciousness with which it was crafted. The lyrics are almost comically sexual, so much so that it would seem out of place was their presentation not so completely engaging. Both the sounds and the words embrace one another in a passion that would be difficult to describe with any impulse other than sexuality. The rests and climaxes mirror a desire that is both as deeply personal and as it is universal. These desires are instincts presented as violently beautiful, a sort of power that is drawn of pure sensation rather than reflective thought. Viscera is a work that is resonates so profoundly because it is so unabashedly human. It is the sonic representation of how we have felt and how we wish we would feel.

It is a hymn of simply living.



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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
September 29th 2011


18860 Comments


It's so hard to put this album into words.

Digging: Substance / Vainqueur - Reverberation / Reverberate

Acanthus
September 29th 2011


9545 Comments


I take it I need to give it a spin.

Edit: Nope not for me.

Digging: Daughter - The Wild Youth

balcaen
September 29th 2011


3183 Comments


is this gal the new julie christmas or

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
September 29th 2011


18860 Comments


No idea but this album is amazing.

Relinquished
September 29th 2011


25489 Comments


yeah I can tell you haven't heard of Battles of Mice

I shall check this out

balcaen
September 29th 2011


3183 Comments


duly noted. will report in to confirm this later.

"yeah I can tell you haven't heard of Battles of Mice"

lolwat
i have, that was just a dull assumption based on the slowly and steady hype

fsharptrit0ne
September 30th 2011


4814 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

whoa silent with the 5

gonna have to check this out

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
September 30th 2011


18860 Comments


Aoty so far bro its so good.

fsharptrit0ne
September 30th 2011


4814 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea? I'm excited to listen to it.

Is your name taken from the book dude?

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
September 30th 2011


18860 Comments


Haha so many people have asked me that.

No i saw it in an astronomy class, its a moon of saturn i think, and liked the name.

fsharptrit0ne
September 30th 2011


4814 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha. I have the book, I just have so many other things to read but I'm going to start it eventually.

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
September 30th 2011


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Gotta check this one out

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
September 30th 2011


18860 Comments


I know the feeling man, so many books i want to read, just gotta actually read them ;-)

DeafMetal
September 30th 2011


8588 Comments


awesome album

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
September 30th 2011


18860 Comments


hell yeah

fsharptrit0ne
September 30th 2011


4814 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

In the middle of Blood Meridian right now and its kicking my ass.

When I get home from work I'll throw this bad boy on

balcaen
September 30th 2011


3183 Comments


yeah holy shit silentpotato was saying the other day how he never gives 5s to anything new
this thing must trandscend time

BallsToTheWall
September 30th 2011


44786 Comments


I still gotta get around to Mein Kampf but right now Anton Lavey's Satanic Bible and The Great Gatsby are bringing me a profound depth of emotion.

Digging: Pink Turns Blue - If Two Worlds Kiss

fsharptrit0ne
September 30th 2011


4814 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I want to read Satanic Verses by Rushdie as well. Seems fascinating

BallsToTheWall
September 30th 2011


44786 Comments


Sound scool, I was also reading Paganism For Dummies but promptly stopped for some reason.



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