"Nicole Dollanganger's gothic folk songs detailing mental illness, guns, sexual violence, poverty and death are as beautiful as they are brutal." —10 Artists You Need To Know, Rolling Stone
"Dollanganger's often morbid lyrics are paired with light alt-rock distortion and a singing style that barely rises above a whisper, never calling attention to her lyrics no matter how unsettling they become. Dollanganger is the first artist to release music through Grimes' appropriately named new label Eerie Organization, and she has a striking confidence in her voice that calls to mind her fellow Canadian patron's work. Even Dollanganger's most affectionate songs have an unshakeable sense of isolation (see the twisted alt-pop dream You're So Cool). Dollanganger began as a bedroom-recording artist, but Natural Born Losers shows that her music is ready to escape those wallpapered confines." —David Turner, Rolling Stone
"The disconnect between Nicole’s childlike voice and her brutally dark lyrics are at the heart of her music’s appeal. This vulnerability that she allows to come through gives more depth to the anguish that many of her songs seem to embody." —Michael Doherty, Noisey

"Over nearly a half decade of recording under her own name, the Canadian talent has fixed her eye squarely on the morbid and the moribund, conjuring tales of surreal violence (both real and fantasized) and sexual kink from little more than an acoustic guitar and her own creaky voice. Like many of the guitar-toters who preceded her, Dollanganger’s brand of terror is also uniquely blue collar, a rootsiness in instrumentation and setting that has drawn immediate comparisons to the reigning monarch of disaffected, deathly Americana, Lana Del Rey. But aside from surface-level narcotism, the two really don’t have all that much in common — they’re on the same cross-country road trip, but in Badlands, Dollanganger would claim the role of a murderous Martin Sheen, with Del Rey the bored and confused Sissy Spacek." —Colin Joyce, Spin Magazine

"Violence becomes vocabulary in a larger language of sorrow and desire and disgust. The most striking thing about Dollanganger’s music is the richness of her imagery, how her lyrics grasp at broad gestures through concrete physical acts whose mystery is never explained away. Hers is a world where things happen; she shows but rarely tells. She sings in a disarming soprano, her voice light and innocent as she describes rapists feeding their victims to wild animals, mothers setting their daughters on fire by the side of the road, herself killing an angel and mounting it on her wall. She regards the world’s atrocities and her own violent fantasies with melancholic fascination, singing lyrics that would make a metalhead spin in the timbre of a lullaby." —Sasha Geffen, Consequence Of Sound
"The record in question, the first collection Dollanganger made outside of her bedroom, is worth losing it over. The alt-rock production, birthed from a series of fruitful sessions with collaborator Matt Tomasi, is intense and heartbreakingly huge." —Patrick D. DcDermott, The Fader

"Her portrait of tortured sexuality and death is tethered to an ambiguous portrait of backwoods living, a North American wilderness where anything and anyone can be hunted. Natural Born Losers plays like a work of wicked anti-pastoralism from the perspective of a bad girl who stares out at her rustic life with not wide-eyed romanticism but sad familiarity and resignation." —Hazel Cills, Pitchfork

"Nicole Dollanganger has a voice like a focused wooden wind chime, eighty percent air and whisper and the rest a smooth drip of lantern ambergris." —Andrew Flanagan, Billboard

"She's got a voice so angelic-sounding that it's almost disturbing, a seeming fascination with dolls (and doll parts), and lyrics that flit ominously between childlike innocence, violence, and obsessive love." —Emily Friedlander, The Fader

"Nicole Dollanganger aligns herself with both the precious and the grotesque; her sweet voice floats over dark lyrics and stark arrangements. Yet, despite themes including bondage and intimate violence, her songwriting leans more towards a resigned love than anger or hate. Her work reverses the male gaze that runs through classic horror, a genre she loves. Accordingly, her video for "Angels of Porn II" dwells on images of leather-clad men, including one lengthy scene in which bandmates Kevin Jenkins and Matt Tomasi go in on an ice cream cone; it toes the line between sweetness and undeniable sexual energy." —Katherine Cusumano, Interview Magazine


"Between the images of Dolly Parton and decrepit houses that fill Nicole Dollanganger's Tumblr page, there's an Edward Scissorhands screenshot. In it, the pastel perfect neighborhood's residents are approached by by Esmeralda, an apocalyptic evangelical Christian. She claims to see the sign of the devil on Edward -- Tim Burton's dream boy who only looks as though he walked out of a nightmare. At once saccharine and sadistic, this film still is an accurate reflection of the 23-year-old Canadian singer/songwriter's hauntingly unique sound." —Emily Manning, i-D Magazine
"You know that part in the campfire story when the beautiful prom queen who died tragically comes back for one more dance? Nicole Dollanganger's You're So Cool is the song that plays while the cemetery fog clears." 10 Songs You Need In Your Life This Week, The Fader