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12:04 AM on 08/15/11
climb is all we know
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this album is so forgettable to me. i feel really shitty saying this seeing as i am one of her biggest fans, but as you say, it's creation was an ambitious one. i think in terms of sound, many more low key artists have begun to explore outside what their used to, especially this year, but that didn't work for maria at all. i think the only artist to even do it right was bon iver, but rachael yamagata seems to have nailed it with starlight, so i'm more hopeful for her album as well. city and colour, gemma hayes, etc, just missed the mark though.
12:40 AM on 08/15/11
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I can totally understand and respect your point of view. I actually wrote this review two separate times, and the first review I wrote was quite negative because nothing really stood out at first. There was a certain blandness surrounding it - I couldn't quite understand why Maria had experimented with her signature trademark sound that had served her so well in previous solo efforts. In fact, a week ago I probably would've given this a 50-60% because I was really disappointed.

I guess what I'm saying is that if you don't instantly love it, all is not lost because Overlook is certainly what you'd classify as a "grower" of an album. It may take some time and persistence, but eventually it'll really connect with you and hopefully you'll adore it in much the same manner as I do!

good to know i'm not the only one wondering why she fucked with her signature sound. not that i don't respect artists for evolving, it's just, for her, it doesn't make much sense. and, well, i worship her three previous solos and even remixed ep. anyway, i've listened to this about six times so far, which i still love the only three tracks that really sound like her. oh, well. took me all summer to love lykke li's new album, but i finally do. definitely a grower, this album. btw, good review. forgot to say that.

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