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Aviary (album) by Julia Holter

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Aviary
Aviary by Julia Holter (2018)
Release date: 2018-10-26
Overall rank: 1,877th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
78/100 (from 130 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top 20 albums of 2018 (11th)
Award Top albums of the 2010s (218th)
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Julia Holter bestography

Aviary is ranked 3rd best out of 6 albums by Julia Holter on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Julia Holter is Have You In My Wilderness which is ranked number 941 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 2,659.

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Average Rating: 
78/100 (from 130 votes)
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75/100
From boppare
I would give it 1 star more if only it was 30 minutes less. There are moments of sheer brilliance in the beginning, middle, and end, but the listener has to work for them. When it comes to music, I don't subscribe to the "no pain, no gain" philosophy. That said, Holter is truly striving for the genuine mystical experience in her sound - and she achieves it in spades. Aviary is a long, strange, and sometimes utterly mesmerizing trip. Bjork meets Atom Heart Mother.
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unnecessary pretentious
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75/100
From JulianR
This album is clearly not digestible first listen, at least for me. Broadly, I enjoyed the sounds, the jazz-fusion + baroque pop + indietronica type stuff she has going on here. I sense I will enjoy it in more detail with further listens.

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From Genga009
what the hell i've listened?! pure creativity, genuine and magical creativity. Nico's avantgarde is everywhere, polished by ambient electronic, free jazz echoes and art pop music at its best. By far, my personal favourite album from 2018.
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65/100
From Fischman
Very interesting album. This music could suffice as background music and be just fine; but it has a direction and a life that demands setting aside time and distraction whereby concentrated focus will reveal compositional... and emotional elements which will evade the casual listener.

It's a long one and requires real commitment, but she seems to rather deftly include enough variety within a fairly narrow sonic scope to keep it interesting, especially rhythm and mood wise, moving between sometimes dissonant and seemingly chaotic soundscapes to more standard pop-like, easy to digest sounds, and does so at the right times in the right measure.
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85/100
From Kalos
It is the sound of some Middle Ages of the future: it is unclear where is the past and where is the time to come; where is the joy and where the grief; what is fake, what is true... Aviary is a liquid magnus opus coming from nowhere, and that makes it much apt to 2018. Some tracks are sharply weak: luckily the peaks are so sublime that you can even forget the former them. The fact is: Aviary is Julia and Julia's tricks at their most expansive. Everything makes sense in it as everything is incoherent, I mean, it even doesn't matter how much this album is good, I take it as a flourishing stream of musical consciousness born to be imperfect, born to be tomorrow and yesterday, marvelous and awful. Somehow totally outside of her canon, something special, I love it
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70/100
Love 'Why Sad Song', but struggling with the rest. I'm a big fan of Julia's past work but haven't found a way to appreciate this record (yet).
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60/100
From Brad1770
These 15 tracks clock in at 90 min's and there is a lot to take in , the tracks need to be listened to and absorbed multiple times to appreciate their inner beauty

Lush , emotional and grand 'Aviary' rewards the listener who fully commits to its charms
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80/100
In the same vein of Shaking the Habitual or Crack-Up, this is Julia Holter's densest, most impenetrable album yet. But the reward for diving in and succumbing is great: some of the most absurdly lush, wide-screen music I've ever heard, and it boasts Holter at her inscrutable, passionate best.
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