12 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Danish singer/songwriter Agnes Obel’s sophomore album is a sustained act of dark seduction, filled with shifting atmospheres and buried emotions that never fully reveal themselves. Aventine often has the stately elegance of a classical recital, though the desires seething underneath always threaten to break through its sometimes prim surfaces. The album’s stark piano lines are reinforced by insinuating string arrangements that twitch, swoon, and caress according to the needs of each song. Obel’s singing is restrained yet evocative, combining subtle jazzy accents with a waiflike quality that suggests a precocious child daydreaming on a winter’s day. Tracks like the pensive “Fuel to Fire,” the bittersweet “Pass Them By," and the ghostly, bleakly romantic “Run Cried the Crawling” evoke classic film soundtracks through their fragmented imagery and gauzy orchestrations. The prickly tingle of the title tune finds balance in the lullaby-like languor of “Smoke & Mirrors.” “The Curse” stands out for its eerie yet inviting pictures of decay and renewal, reinforced by plucked strings and sweetly cooed vocals.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Danish singer/songwriter Agnes Obel’s sophomore album is a sustained act of dark seduction, filled with shifting atmospheres and buried emotions that never fully reveal themselves. Aventine often has the stately elegance of a classical recital, though the desires seething underneath always threaten to break through its sometimes prim surfaces. The album’s stark piano lines are reinforced by insinuating string arrangements that twitch, swoon, and caress according to the needs of each song. Obel’s singing is restrained yet evocative, combining subtle jazzy accents with a waiflike quality that suggests a precocious child daydreaming on a winter’s day. Tracks like the pensive “Fuel to Fire,” the bittersweet “Pass Them By," and the ghostly, bleakly romantic “Run Cried the Crawling” evoke classic film soundtracks through their fragmented imagery and gauzy orchestrations. The prickly tingle of the title tune finds balance in the lullaby-like languor of “Smoke & Mirrors.” “The Curse” stands out for its eerie yet inviting pictures of decay and renewal, reinforced by plucked strings and sweetly cooed vocals.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
138 Ratings

138 Ratings

yarbdaddy ,

Still Unique, Classic and Undeniable

Philharmonics blew us away with the orchestration and sublime lyricism. Aventine continues that thread and increases the definition. While we may be attached to her first LP because it was the debut we first heard, not a single track on Aventine disappoints. Invest in it today.

chrissytweet:) ,

SO EXCITED!

I am so excited about this I can't keep it to myself. I don't write reviews, but this is a definite exemption. The sneak peeks sound amazing! I just wish she would come to the US so I can FINALLY see her live. I know it would be a life changing experience.

MusicMan9q ,

Get the deluxe version

This is a fantastic album but I would recommend the deluxe version over this one because the extra tracks and the live tracks are outstanding.

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