Jenny Hval
Blood Bitch


4.0
excellent

Review

by Atari STAFF
October 19th, 2016 | 98 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A thing of beauty

One glance at the album cover and a hint at the concept of blood-thirsty vampires, and one could understandably jump to the conclusion that Blood Bitch is a lot more jarring and pretentious than it really is. That’s not to say it isn’t a gritty and even odd listening experience – intense panting sounds rattle the nerves on ‘In the Red’ and demented screams escape from the heart of ‘The Plague’ – but somehow Jenny Hval manages to create a thing of beauty amongst the madness. Even surrounded by haunting synths and detailed electronics, Jenny Hval’s vocal performance on Blood Bitch always seductively floats above all the hussle ‘n bussle around her. ‘Female Vampire’ is full of life, with constant beats and various effects clashing around the experimental Norwegian songwriter, yet when it’s over, it’s nothing other than Hval’s enticing, angelic vocals that echo in your mind.

Jenny Hval is an artist unafraid to explore the boundaries of sexuality and identity, and this time around, she’s exploring said topics through a loose concept involving vampires, and of course, blood. Naturally, this makes for an interesting lyrical approach, but Hval never seems to bite off more than she can chew here – with lyrics that require additional interpretation, but feel more elegant and honest than they do excessive. On ‘Period Piece’ Hval makes a brave confession regarding visits to the gynecologist that would make typical artists blush, but her piercing vocals are warmly inviting over the intricately placed beats. As perplexing as her work is from a lyrical standpoint, however, Blood Bitch primarily draws its appeal through musical exploration. ‘Untamed Region’ has more spoken-word sections than it does singing, but is carried with ease by gorgeously muffled saxophones and eerily discreet sound effects. ‘The Great Undressing’ also finds the peculiar musician testing the confines of her sound, with a playful piece of dialogue that paves the way for Hval’s most stunning vocals on the album, with bouncy yet muted electronics that feel vibrant and animated alongside the singer’s heavenly echo.

With no prior knowledge of Jenny Hval’s previous music, I have the task of dissecting Blood Bitch without any built-up expectations or comparisons – but if Hval’s latest album is anything to go off of, she’s one of the most unique female musician’s of the modern age. With a knack for understanding musical composition, Hval has pieced together a handful of off-the-wall ideas with biting lyrics to build a piece of unrelenting beauty. It’s hard to say how it all works – and, there’s always a sense an album of this nature shouldn’t be so accessible – but it works. Despite controversial lyrics, unconventional song structures, and a lofty concept, Blood Bitch somehow fits like a defiant glove against all the odds.




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Atari
Staff Reviewer
October 18th 2016


24665 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

shorter than my last few reviews. idk this really needed one. feedback/crits always appreciated! one of the most odd yet simultaneously beautiful and accessible albums I've ever heard prolly haha



female vampire

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVaWc00aZ30

full album

https://jennyhval.bandcamp.com/album/blood-bitch

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Ryus
October 18th 2016


17681 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

cool

FullOfSounds
October 18th 2016


15772 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Great review, I'm giving this a listen in a bit

Jasdevi087
October 18th 2016


5546 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I enjoyed this but I didn't really get Apocalypse Girl

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Ryus
October 18th 2016


17681 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

anyone who hasnt heard viscera listen to it

Atari
Staff Reviewer
October 18th 2016


24665 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheers guys :]



Just noticed I used the word odd an odd amount of times. Will edit later tonight when I'm not on mobile. Feel free to point out any other issues

TheWrenKing
October 18th 2016


1696 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is prob her worst but it's nice

FullOfSounds
October 18th 2016


15772 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

second track in, the production is !!! levels of good.



feeling something really special out of this so far

Sinternet
October 18th 2016


19677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice review dude

Atari
Staff Reviewer
October 18th 2016


24665 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thx man. I think female vampire might be my favorite track, love the atmosphere on that one, and the saxophones and synths on this album are something else

rabidfish
October 18th 2016


5180 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

This is better than AG, still waiting for her to reach her full potential tho and stop with the goddamn spoken word shit, I fucking hate that.

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Gyromania
October 18th 2016


27551 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review, I really enjoy this one more than her last two

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Astral Abortis
October 18th 2016


6745 Comments


Really loving this at the moment. The spoken word is brilliant.

rabidfish
October 18th 2016


5180 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

it kills all momentum, I couldn't care less about it. The more regular structured songs on this are all really good, tho

brandontaylor
October 19th 2016


820 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

didnt really get apocalypse girl but this is really good. conceptual romance is one of the most beautiful tracks of the year

Lord(e)Po)))ts
October 19th 2016


43287 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

by far my least fav hval tbh

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Gyromania
October 19th 2016


27551 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Innocence is my least fsvorite

Lord(e)Po)))ts
October 19th 2016


43287 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Royals review summary for that album almost made it my least favourite

Gyromania
October 19th 2016


27551 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lmao I remember that

Chortles
October 19th 2016


21385 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

v nice girl jenny



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