Versions


Zola Jesus , J.G. Thirlwell , Mivos Quartet


Amoeba Review

08/19/2013

Zola Jesus’ albums have grown progressively more grandiose, less buried under sheets of distorted noise. It only seems fitting that her latest release is a reworking of older material with a string quartet (a collaboration with artist/producer JG Thirlwell, of Foetus and other projects). The setting allows for Nika Roza Danilova’s voice to reach its full potential. Without having to sing hugely over mountainous noise, Danilova turns in more restrained vocal work that does many of her compositions favors. Opener “Avalanche (Slow)” is simply paralyzing, akin to Liz Frazer of the Cocteau Twins’ vocal turn on This Mortal Coil’s “Song to the Siren.” “Fall Back” builds to an intense second half, and “In Your Nature,” which has sounded wonderful in both its original rendition and David Lynch’s remix, is given yet another brilliant shade in this minimal setting. Some of these versions can’t help but feel a bit anemic next to their built-up counterparts, while “Seekir” cheats a bit with a percolating synthesizer, but it picks up again in the album’s closing, particularly on the stirring “Collapse.” Versions’ strongest tracks make it as great as anything in the Zola Jesus catalog, full of moments of breathtaking beauty. Read More


Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
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1.
Avalanche (Slow)
Zola Jesus , J.G. Thirlwell , Mivos Quartet 04:55
2.
Fall Back
Zola Jesus , J.G. Thirlwell , Mivos Quartet 04:27
3.
Hikikomori
Zola Jesus , J.G. Thirlwell , Mivos Quartet 03:42
4.
Run Me Out
Zola Jesus , J.G. Thirlwell , Mivos Quartet 03:42
5.
Seekir
Zola Jesus , J.G. Thirlwell , Mivos Quartet 03:31
6.
Sea Talk
Zola Jesus , J.G. Thirlwell , Mivos Quartet 05:01
7.
Night
Zola Jesus , J.G. Thirlwell , Mivos Quartet 03:24
8.
In Your Nature
Zola Jesus , J.G. Thirlwell , Mivos Quartet 03:24
9.
Collapse
Zola Jesus , J.G. Thirlwell , Mivos Quartet 04:07

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