Taiga (CD)


Zola Jesus

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Amoeba Review

10/06/2014

Taiga is a pop album, but its creator has made that way intentionally while retaining, and perhaps improving upon, her artistry. Rather than cashing in, the album finds Zola Jesus (aka Nika Rosa Danilova) returning to her roots of sorts, as she largely wrote Taiga on Washington’s Vashon Island, as though returning to the rustic forests where she was raised in Wisconsin, singing “do you wish you could go back to it all?” on the creaking opening title track, which erupts into a jungle beat. From here, we head into powerful pop songs like “Dangerous Days” that find Danilova singing clearly and boldly over dance-pop beats, but with the same paralyzing strength her voice has always commanded. “Go (Blank Sea)” is a little sultrier, built on a slower beat that swells into big, booming pop chorus and disintegrates into fluttering synthesizers, while Nika Roza Danilova’s voice rises and falls with soul and precision. “Hunger’s” hyperkinetic beat and incisive synth riff make for some of the album’s most grabbing moments. And though “Lawless’,” beautiful melodies sound buried under the ice, they’re still firmly pop. Perhaps because of the way in which it was written, the album has a certain isolation to it that comes through on tracks like “Ego,” in which Danilova undergoes thorough self-examination (she pairs similarly painful reflections “I fought against the ego, I know it brought me closer to losin’” and “I fed into the ego, I knew it brought me closer to hubris”), while synthesizers and strings quietly battle around her, sounds creaking cavernously in the background. On Taiga, Danilova sounds as though she’s faced her inner demons and come through on top with an album of powerfully moving pop music.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Taiga
Zola Jesus 02:55
2.
Dangerous Days
Zola Jesus 04:29
3.
Dust
Zola Jesus 03:32
4.
Hunger
Zola Jesus 04:32
5.
Go (Blank Sea)
Zola Jesus 04:05
6.
Ego
Zola Jesus 02:49
7.
Lawless
Zola Jesus 05:15
8.
Nail
Zola Jesus 03:05
9.
Long Way Down
Zola Jesus 03:58
10.
Hollow
Zola Jesus 03:50
11.
It's Not Over
Zola Jesus 04:05

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