Marissa Nadler
For My Crimes


4.0
excellent

Review

by Chamberbelain CONTRIBUTOR (200 Reviews)
October 13th, 2018 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An intimate and lasting illustration of a collapsing relationship full of accusation, confession and regret.

For years, Marissa Nadler wrote songs in the manner of someone feeling a sense of unhappy nostalgia- as if returning to a cherished childhood home only to find it dusty, cold and full only of cobwebbed memories, or perhaps poring through a forgotten photo album, scanning for familiar faces only to recognise the blank expressions of people that were once considered close friends for the first time. With each subsequent album of Nadler’s, her resonant voice and moody songwriting became stronger and played more of a central role in her writing as she continued picking at this mixture of real and fictitious characters and wound them into romanticised tales about love, longing and loss. “For My Crimes”, her latest album, oversees Nadler at her most confident yet exposes her most confessional work to date.

“For My Crimes”, reveals the brittle bond and spousal strain between two people. Each song relates to certain references to past struggles or places the audience inside the head of the woman, illustrating what has happened to her, how she feels and how she reacts to her crumbling relationship. The fictitious theme is outlined chiefly in the lyrics of this album as this is the direct link between Marissa Nadler’s characters and Marissa herself. Consequently, songs such as the contrite title track or “I Can’t Listen to Gene Clark Anymore”, which explains how a bitter situation or person's toxicity has tarnished a once-loved thing, appear less as a narrative story and more or an introspective reflection. Many other songs sound as if she is unravelling her own history and channelling her own emotions by way of a musical medium in the hopes of finding love and forgiveness through admittance and confession. Not only is Marrisa’s music introspective, but it’s also chillingly relatable.

From the album’s bleak artwork to the sombre songwriting, desolation is a key characteristic that Nadler has poured into her eighth album. Sparse and small melodies materialise in otherwise introverted acoustic strums throughout the album to highlight a heightened sense of sadness and loneliness. “All Out of Catastrophes” is perhaps the most desolate song on the album as Nadler details a fight with her partner after he names another woman in his sleep. As a short song, it projects a numbing feeling, as if after so many catastrophes have already befallen her, another incident like this doesn’t even make her hurt any more than she did before. Second to this is “Interlocking” where she repeats that ‘trouble has been following me’ as if this sadness is as inescapable and visible as her own shadow. Given how hurtful these subjects would be to someone, her crystalline delivery sounds tragically impassive, as if accepting that this is simply the way things are.

Mercifully, the penultimate track, “Flame Thrower” is entwined with hope as after her partner has metaphorically torched the barren landscape that is their relationship, green shoots may still stem from the charred remains. On the final track, “Said Goodbye to That Car” symbolically compares her car breaking down to her relationship ending, simultaneously marking the end of an era of two cherished possessions breaking despite her best efforts to keep them alive. By saying goodbye her car, she frees herself from her destructive partner and heads off in a new direction in search of a fresh start.

It seems fitting that “For My Crimes” should conclude in such a way as it teases the possibility of new beginnings. Though Marissa Nadler’s previous albums have each shown evolution and delicate variation, she still has plenty of ground left to explore, more characters to emblemise. Furthermore, the unfortunate issue that she faces is in the future is that she is renowned for her consistency but in time, the line between consistency and predictability often becomes blurred.



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zaruyache
October 13th 2018


20233 Comments


added to the backlog

Digging: Turia - Dede Kondre

sucellus
October 13th 2018


26 Comments


i don't think i'm going to check this out
marissa nadler is just so boring

NorthernSkylark
October 14th 2018


9050 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

one's bore is another's beast

Digging: Mid-Air Thief - Crumbling

MadKungFu
October 14th 2018


620 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm in a somber female singer/songwriter mood with this colder weather so this came at just the right time

Hawks
October 14th 2018


66819 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is sweet but I wish I dug it more tbh.

Digging: Jute Gyte - Verstiegenheit

Hawks
October 14th 2018


66819 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

And yeah this type of music is perfect for this time of year.

Dewinged
October 14th 2018


13754 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review as always Chamber, found a couple of issues you may want to check:



" By saying goodbye her car"



Probably missing a "to" there.



"Furthermore, the unfortunate issue that she faces is in the future is that she is renowned"



Maybe you don't need that first "is"?



The album is great, don't really know where it falls into her discography yet, it's definitely more calm and restrained than "Strangers", more akin to her early work, but like Hawks said, this is good for the season.





Digging: Two People - First Body

Tchitcherine
October 15th 2018


149 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fuck global warming, 25°C in Germany in october - Can only listen to this album at night

MadKungFu
October 15th 2018


620 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Tbh, this kind of lost me. I'll try it again at some point but there's really not a lot that stands out for me

Dettlaff
October 16th 2018


193 Comments


"Fuck global warming"

I used to damn global warming too, but recently have seen some scientific data strongly suggesting there is no great "climate shift" happening right now. I'm inclined to believe it. There were periods in our planet's history where it rained for millions of years straight, where temperatures wildly fluctuated, and before humans, mind you.

Dewinged
October 16th 2018


13754 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was actually thinking about it this morning too, walking to work, it was unusually hot for this time of the year.

Taxt
October 16th 2018


1250 Comments


This is pretty solid; her discography remains extremely consistent

Pho3nix
October 20th 2018


570 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Fuck global warming, 25°C in Germany in october - Can only listen to this album at night"



Lmao!



The weather is perfect here in Nordic Europe during Autumn for this type of music to be played late at night, with a glass of wine or something. Cute album but ultimately a little forgettable, bordering on a 2.5 for me. It is damn good though if you are in the mood for this type of music. I would also recommend this to anyone who enjoyed 'Cactus' by Elise Davis.

Dewinged
December 11th 2018


13754 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow this really didn't get much attention? The weather now is perfect!



Bluuuuuuuuuuuuuu vaaaapooooor...

budgie
December 11th 2018


6712 Comments


"I used to damn global warming too, but recently have seen some scientific data strongly suggesting there is no great "climate shift" happening right now. "

what's the scientific data you're referring to? the intergovernmental panel on climate change released a special report on 8 october which is pretty cut-and-dry about what's going on

available here https://report.ipcc.ch/sr15/ (if you're serious, i advise you to read it)

sorry for the massive off topic



Tchitcherine
December 11th 2018


149 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The weather here in Germany starts to bring me in the right mood now. It's really adorable, but I wish she would do another one with Randall Dunn. This is good produced too, but the sound of July really brought every shade of her magical songwriting to life.

Hawks
January 7th 2019


66819 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is still good stuff.

Dewinged
January 7th 2019


13754 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Better than that Hayndrixx you have just bumped.

Hawks
January 7th 2019


66819 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Disagreed hard with that lol.

Dewinged
January 7th 2019


13754 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol just fucking with you Hawks, I like both but I prefer dark moody Marissssa



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