Voluspa (album)

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Voluspa
Studio album by The Golden Filter
Released April 26, 2010 (2010-04-26)
Recorded 2009–10
Genre Electropop, synthpop, nu-disco, indietronica
Length 61:03
Label Brielle
Producer The Golden Filter
The Golden Filter chronology
Voluspa
(2010)
Syndromes
(2011)
Singles from Voluspa
  1. "Solid Gold"
    Released: February 5, 2009
  2. "Thunderbird"
    Released: November 16, 2009
  3. "Hide Me"
    Released: April 19, 2010

Voluspa is the debut album by American electronic duo The Golden Filter, released in the United Kingdom on April 26, 2010 by Brille Records. Two singles, "Solid Gold" and "Thunderbird", were released in 2009, while a third single, "Hide Me", was released on April 19, 2010.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Contactmusic.com (mixed)[2]
Drowned in Sound (6/10)[3]
The Fly (4/5)[4]
NME (7/10)[5]
Pitchfork Media (5.8/10)[6]
PopMatters (7/10)[7]
Resident Advisor (3.5/5)[8]
State 4/5 stars[9]
UR Chicago (favorable)[10]

Voluspa received generally positive reviews from music critics.[11] The Fly praised its "motorik futurism, breathy provocativeness, and pogo glowstickerry" and called it "a precious debut".[4] State felt that the record stands "on the edge of chart-friendly pop and the darker shades of progressive disco" and described it as "a trajectory of icy sharp and mesmeric nu-disco classics from beginning to end".[9] PopMatters found it "full of character and personality" and noticed that "at its peak, it's bewitching, hypnotic and sexy enough to put steam in your strides".[7] Resident Advisor described it as "one of those rare dance music albums that actually feels more comfortable listened to at home, by yourself, in a romantic yet solitary mood"[8] and UR Chicago felt that it is "reveling in emotional abundance and wallowing in coarse electronics that even Olof Dreijer of The Knife would be jealous of" and that it is "easily a contender for one of the best [records] of the year".[10]

NME praised the band for making "disco so sexy and sultry that it almost makes you sticky", but criticized the album for rarely straying from "its glitzy formula".[5] Drowned in Sound complimented the album for maintaining "a sense of cohesion throughout", but felt that this was done "at the expense of maintaining the listener's interest".[3] Pitchfork Media described it as "pleasant listening", but noticed that "when left to their own devices", the duo has "difficulty providing their songs with an actual structure".[6] Contactmusic.com said that the album is "by no means offensive", but felt that "its vagueness falls a little flat and lacking the vibrancy borne out of experimentation" and concluded by stating that "The Golden Filter seem unable to grasp their own".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by The Golden Filter, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Dance Around the Fire"   4:24
2. "Hide Me"   3:51
3. "Look Me in the Eye"   4:31
4. "Moonlight Fantasy"   4:27
5. "Solid Gold"   5:28
6. "The Underdogs"   4:23
7. "Stardust"   6:40
8. "Freyja's Ghost"   4:37
9. "Kiss Her Goodbye"   1:39
10. "Nerida's Gone"   3:16
11. "Thunderbird"   5:22
12. "Here We Go Again" (hidden track on CD and LP) 9:25

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sendra, Tim. "Völuspà – The Golden Filter – Review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 15, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Kaye, Natalie (May 19, 2010). "The Golden Filter – Voluspa Album Review". Contactmusic.com. Retrieved August 6, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Ashman, Neil (May 4, 2010). "The Golden Filter – Voluspa". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved August 6, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Moffat, Iain (April 23, 2010). "The Golden Filter / 'Voluspa' (Brille)". The Fly. Retrieved August 6, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Phull, Hardeep (April 26, 2010). "Album Review: The Golden Filter – 'Voluspa' (Brille)". NME. IPC Media. Retrieved August 6, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Kelly, Zach (April 28, 2010). "The Golden Filter: Voluspa". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved August 6, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b James, Matt (May 13, 2010). "The Golden Filter: Voluspa". PopMatters. Retrieved August 6, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b Girard, Stephane (May 19, 2010). "The Golden Filter – Voluspa". Resident Advisor. Retrieved August 6, 2010. 
  9. ^ a b Reilly, Alan (May 7, 2010). "The Golden Filter – Voluspa". State. Retrieved August 6, 2010. 
  10. ^ a b Miller, Jr., Neil (April 15, 2010). "Golden Filter || Völuspà". UR Chicago. Retrieved August 6, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Reviews of Voluspa by The Golden Filter". AnyDecentMusic?. Retrieved August 6, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Voluspa – vinyl album". The Golden Filter Official Store. Retrieved August 15, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Voluspa by The Golden Filter". iTunes Store UK. Apple Inc. Retrieved August 15, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Völuspà by The Golden Filter". iTunes Store Australia. Apple Inc. Retrieved August 15, 2011.