11 Songs, 39 Minutes


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5.0 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

sickboy888 ,


i almost peed my bed and fell off my loft bed made of ply wood when i saw this.

Jackthebass ,


One word for this album masterpiece

Frank, Jr. ,

Culmination of all that has come before

My first come to Zola Jesus moment was with the Valusia EP (no longer available‽), taking me back to the Golden Era of 4AD. I grabbed everything I could get my hands on, and coveted that which I did not yet have. The earliest works took me back to the days of the prime Chicago industrial scene, but yet it was still apparent what was going on underneath all the processing; she was a poet with the second coming of the voice of god. As time went on, it seems like Nika’s self-confidence took hold, and on the third album her voice rose above the din. With this album she’s reached a fascinating new level, as her voice now cuts through the heavier tracks with a forceful clarity, and the lyrics of the more intimate tracks punching your heart in a way that no subwoofer based rhythm track ever could. I, for one, was fully enthusiastic on hearing Taiga, expecting that to propel her to the wider stage and becoming one of those “I remember when” people. I was confounded that it was so divisive; but seeing how she’s taken the poppiness she brought to that album and melded it with the grunge and noise and aggressiveness of much of the earlier work, Okovi is an absolute masterpiece. With each new release, I am further dumbfounded that so many are still missing out on these amazing works.

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