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1984 by Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc


Release Date: Jun 1, 2018

Genre(s): Pop/Rock

Record label: Joyful Noise


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Album Review: 1984 by Joan of Arc

Very Good, Based on 2 Critics

Drowned In Sound - 80
Based on rating 8/10

It's hard being in a band when your career has spanned over twenty years. Especially when that band is noise-pop trailblazers Joan of Arc, who found their footing in early Nineties experimental dream-pop and neo-psychedelia. Especially when you're fuelled by a divine-level of prolificacy, when you churn out an album every 12 months. Over those 20 years, the landscape has changed.

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AllMusic - 60
Based on rating 6/10

In 2017, 20 years and 20-some albums after their full-length debut, Chicago avant rockers Joan of Arc made their first appearance on a few of the Billboard side charts with the improvisation-based He's Got the Whole This Land Is Your Land in His Hands. Taking yet another left turn in a long line of unpredictable releases, they follow it a year later with 1984, an album that combines spare, ambient rock accompaniment with what were originally a cappella pieces by Melina Ausikaitis. Ausikaitis had performed some of these autobiographical vignettes live at Joan of Arc shows prior to making her official recording debut as Tim Kinsella's co-singer/lyricist on the 2017 LP.

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