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  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for the Swedish artist was influenced by her own experience with sexual assault in 2016.
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  1. May 3, 2018
    80
    A masterclass in catharsis, Exorcism finds a chink of light in the gloom.
  2. The Wire
    Jul 12, 2018
    80
    Exorcism addresses a similarly uncomfortable subject, her sexual assault in 2016 and what it means to be a survivor of trauma. That Wilson can turn such trauma into vibrant, addictive pop music is testament to her abilities within strict limitations--the entirety of Exorcism was crafted on a Prophet 6 synthesizer--but Exorcism is unafraid not just of its subject matter but of occupying an intrinsically ambiguous place for the listener. [May 2018, p.59]
  3. May 3, 2018
    80
    It is harsh, unflinching and, at times, pretty hard to listen to. But it’s an album that had to be made, in order that, as the title suggests, demons can be exorcised. It’s this quality which makes Exorcism such a compelling, and ultimately uplifting, experience.
  4. Uncut
    May 3, 2018
    80
    Harrowing subject matter, and yet these raw confessionals have a stark, compelling beauty that ultimately feels bravely defiant. [Jun 2018, p.37]
  5. May 3, 2018
    70
    Exorcism is very often an uncompromising listen, but the truth that Wilson exposes makes it hard not to galvanise around her. Her sheer unwillingness to sugar-coat the truth is harrowing yet inspiringly brave.