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Snail Mail


Debut album of lo-fi indie rock from the Maryland-based trio led by Lindsey Jordan

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  1. 9.1 |   Paste Magazine

    Nothing feels trite or contrived. She’s a natural, with an impressive sense of restraint, placing points of tension and release right where they need to be
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  2. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    The self-assurance underlying Jordan’s lyrical vulnerability comes through in Lush’s anthemic dual-guitar approach, overlaid with her strong, clear voice
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  3. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    Unencumbered and honest, putting emotional pitfalls on full, nuanced display while remaining streamlined and filler-free
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  4. 9.0 |   The Digital Fix

    A proper cracking debut from a huge talent. Where does she go from here?
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  5. 8.7 |   Pitchfork

    Emotionally wise, musically clear, and encompasses the once and future sound of indie rock
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  6. 8.5 |   The 405

    Appreciate her astute utility with language, incisive observations of modern romantic angst, and fantastically assured songwriting
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  7. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    One of the most engaging and relatable indie rock debuts in quite some time
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  8. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    This summer Snail Mail’s songs will leave glistening silver trails across your heart
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  9. 8.0 |   Clash

    As a positive statement of intent it underlines the confidence and facility it takes to make a record this accomplished at any age
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  10. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    You’re listening to Jordan grow on Lush at the same time as you’re wondering how much room she’s left herself to develop creatively; she’s already sounding polished and bracingly mature
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  11. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Snail Mail's debut is a record steeped in songwriting brilliance and earworm guitar jams
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  12. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Lush is an album that the devoted will take to their hearts and luxuriate in its sadness

  13. 8.0 |   Gig Soup

    ?The Baltimore band may not bring anything new to the table, but it is one of the most refreshing and lovable debuts of 2018
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  14. 8.0 |   Mojo

    One to watch. Print edition only

  15. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Offers hope for new beginnings, arriving at a liberating quietus
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  16. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Lindsey Jordan is a breath of fresh air, and Lush is an album worth coming back to
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  17. 8.0 |   DIY

    It’s the crunchy, full band material that really points the way forward
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  18. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Jordan’s 10-track record parallels the beautiful plain-spoken lyrics and catharsis echoed by artists like Soccer Mommy and Julien Baker
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  19. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Lindsey Jordan always has something important to say, and it’s worth listening to. Lush is a debut burst forth in full technicolour
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  20. 8.0 |   All Music

    An impressive formula for a debut, and one that succeeds whether listeners are tuning in more for the soundscape or more for the sentiment
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  21. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    The aching sincerity contained within is absolutely intoxicating
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  22. 7.0 |   Crack

    Snail Mail’s Lush is the sound of Lindsey Jordan reminding us authentic emotional connections really are out there – even if you have to wade through some terrible shit along the way
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  23. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    Lush marks the arrival of an immensely talented singer-songwriter who also still has much room to grow
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  24. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    18 year old Lindsey Jordan proves herself an indie-rock prodigy pushing towards a sound of her own on her debut LP
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  25. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Jordan is capable of writing brilliant and mature love songs, but the act is clearly capable of growing old, tiresome, and taxing
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  26. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Best of all is that this 18-year-old’s debut carries no trace of the childishness, schmaltz, or irritating precociousness that is so evident in the music of some of her contemporaries
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  27. 7.0 |   Earbuddy

    Lush is awesome when Jordan is most engaged. When she slows things down, the record suffers
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  28. 6.0 |   Q

    Perhaps in time she will dig deeper, but it's an assured start. Print edition only

  29. 5.0 |   PopMatters

    Has three great songs
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