In a 9/10 review in the UK’s UNCUT magazine, they call it “the most uninhibited and visceral album of her career”, while Magnet also gave the album 9/10 raving, "this album is magnificent," and Aquarium Drunkard describes it as “noir, lived in, caustic, not entirely of this time”. On a recent episode of NPR’s ALL SONGS CONSIDERED podcast, Robin Hilton stated that JOLIE “takes her sound and turns it upside down…. All I can say is ‘strap youselves in.’”
In other early raves, NO DEPRESSION said it “may very well be Jolie’s best album to date” and praised her “loose and organic” production (the album was produced by JOLIE with help from Douglas Jenkins); Philadelphia’s ICON magazine said in a review of this album, “Holland is in the same league as Waits, Rickie Lee Jones, Randy Newman, and Kevin Coyne, and almost beyond category.”
Well… you get the idea….
You can hear WINE DARK SEA in all of its glory this whole week on NPR’s First Listen http://www.npr.org/2014/05/11/309823045/first-listen-jolie-holland-wine-dark-sea .