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Japanese Breakfast


Third solo album of lo-fi pop from Philadelphia musician Michelle Zauner who is a member of Little Big League

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  1. 10.0 |   The Independent

    Jubilee’s euphoric opener “Paprika” is the first sign that this is not business as usual for the typically shoegazing singer
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  2. 10.0 |   DIY

    From here on out, Japanese Breakfast can go anywhere and we’ll follow
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  3. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    Each track is a confined attempt at gaiety, a succinct story in service of this greater mission of uninhibited emotion — which is ultimately, hopefully joy
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  4. 9.0 |   Vinyl Chapters

    This is the most settled and playful we’ve seen the artist to date and she suits a record that slowly unfurls like a delicate flower
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  5. 9.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    Jubilee is bombastic and subtle, full of towering affections and understated warmth and something you completely cannot miss out on
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  6. 9.0 |   Clash

    ‘Jubilee’ may be the sound of one person’s desire to chase after sunnier horizons, but after the horror show we’ve all been through, it makes damn fine accompaniment for any listener looking forward. She’s landed three knockouts and is only getting stronger
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  7. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Zauner is absolutely in her element here and it goes without question that while this is undeniably her year, she’s also just rebranded herself as one of today’s top-tier indie visionaries
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  8. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Jubilee is a stunning and bold step-up that firmly cements Michelle as one of music’s most gifted songwriters, composers and performers. Be sweet to this one, we need more like her
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  9. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    A veteran of capturing the pain of illness and death with her music, Zauner teaches us how to resist despair and find joy amidst tragedy – a lesson needed now more than ever
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  10. 9.0 |   musicOMH

    This album certainly is a rush, and it’s also the best Japanese Breakfast album to date
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  11. 9.0 |   All Music

    An album that showcases Zauner's talents to their fullest and makes crushing on Japanese Breakfast hard to resist
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  12. 8.6 |   Spectrum Culture

    Japanese Breakfast’s long-awaited third album is about so much more than trauma; it’s a complex collection of emotions that seeks to find joy and bliss through artistic expression
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  13. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    Jubilee’s 10 songs arrive fully baked, frosted with bigger beats and softer swirls, all stacked carefully on top of each other
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  14. 8.1 |   Beats Per Minute

    Judging it from the outside, it would be easy to write off Jubilee as just a triumphant pop album from a young singer songwriter who’s well on track to be the next Aimee Mann or Conor Oberst, but there’s a depth and sensual nuance to the album that most of her contemporaries lack
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  15. 8.0 |   Crack

    With Jubilee, Zauner honours her past and pushes forward, urging us all to do the same
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  16. 8.0 |   NME

    Michelle Zauner’s third album under her shoegaze-inspired moniker is a brilliantly forward-thinking stab at creating pure joy
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  17. 8.0 |   Gigwise

    An alt-pop record that poses larger than life questions
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  18. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    On her third album as Japanese Breakfast, Michelle Zauner moves confidently through a space befitting of the multi-hyphenate artist she has become
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  19. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The album conceives of the exuberant possibilities of life and love while teasing out their more bracing realities
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  20. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    Surprisingly chipper third Japanese Breakfast album may be just the tonic we need right now
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  21. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Indie-pop artist Michelle Zauner’s latest is her most ecstatic-sounding LP to date
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  22. 7.8 |   Pitchfork

    Michelle Zauner embraces the spotlight and goes for the brass ring on her third album, a stylish and eclectic record that feels of the moment and also steeped in classic indie sensibilities
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  23. 7.0 |   Uncut

    These are smart, confident and mostly fine-boned songs, though epic closer “Posing For Cars” leans on a lachrymose, slow-mo, alt.rock guitar passage. Print edition only

  24. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    At the center of Jubilee sits Posing in Bondage, a song that thrives on pure atmosphere without having anything in the way of memorability
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