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Crushing

Julia Jacklin

Crushing

Second full-length album of indie art pop from the Sydney-born singer-songwriter

ADM rating[?]

8.1

Label
Transgressive
UK Release date
22/02/2019
US Release date
01/02/2019
  1. 10.0 |   The Independent

    A masterclass in narrative songwriting
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  2. 9.0 |   The Music

    It’s near impossible not to get 100% engrossed in Crushing, which is a wildly appropriate title given it’s going to crush you – in a way any remarkable record should
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  3. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    You will be crushed and have a huge crush on Crushing
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  4. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    A strikingly candid exploration into the highs and lows of the end of a relationship and what comes next. On the surface it seems more like lows and lows, but the more you listen the more you get the full spectrum of what the word ‘crushing’ can mean
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  5. 9.0 |   Punk News

    Jacklin holds nothing back nor does she clean it up for the consumer. Every song here is so raw, it hurts to listen to
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  6. 8.6 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    It’s an album that truly allows you to see the whole picture, as Jacklin examines her decisions, her purpose – even the value of her body
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  7. 8.6 |   Paste Magazine

    Crushing is the brave story of a woman — and an artist — coming into her own
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  8. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Ten tracks loaded with enough arcs to fill a Game of Thrones episode
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  9. 8.0 |   NOW

    The sequencing is perfect, moving the narrative from the numb discomfort of Body to the resigned acceptance of final track Comfort
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  10. 8.0 |   Clash

    Jacklin’s lyrics are intimate, confessional and endearing, often capturing those moments in relationships that end up preserved in memory forever
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  11. 8.0 |   music OMH

    As the final chords of the heartrending Comfort ring out, it’s impossible not to think that yet another major Antipodean talent has put a new marker down
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  12. 8.0 |   The 405

    A body of songs that express the pendulous swings brought about by that major life event, from elated liberty to shattered insecurity. Crushing's directness is its strength
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  13. 8.0 |   Q

    Despite the weight that hangs on its shoulders, Crushing doesn't feel defeated, rather it's the sound of a fearless songwriter putting the past to bed and regrouping stronger than ever. Print edition only

  14. 8.0 |   Mojo

    With these elegantly devastating songs, she carves put a space, and a class, all of her own. Print edition only

  15. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Strikingly evocative, but never overwrought
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  16. 8.0 |   DIY

    Unpacking messy feelings over delicate guitars, ‘Crushing’ may have been born from a place of confusion, but Julia Jacklin’s voice sounds clearer than ever
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  17. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Remarkably generous in its open nature, it further cements Jacklin’s place as a future alt-country great
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  18. 8.0 |   All Music

    Crushing is riveting right from the spare, noir-tinged opening track
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  19. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Powerful stuff
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  20. 8.0 |   NME

    ‘Crushing’ by name and brilliantly crushing by nature
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  21. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    The record’s clean but warm minimalism is reminiscent of Sharon van Etten’s 2010 Epic, where slow-burners scorched
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  22. 8.0 |   The FT

    The Australian singer keeps the theme of failed romance fresh by switching perspectives in sharp, economical writing
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  23. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Ghostly, rollicking second album
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  24. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Jacklin’s second album turns her gaze inward for a striking set of songs about minds, bodies and breakups
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  25. 7.7 |   Pitchfork

    On an album that mines failed relationships for self-discovery, the Australian singer-songwriter shows her talent at distilling complex situations into searing couplets
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  26. 7.5 |   Earbuddy

    The expanded sound on Crushing represents a buffet of influences that Jacklin pulls from. The truth of the matter, though, is that none of these influences are as important — or as interesting — as her authorial voices
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  27. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    By and large a breakup album, but it’s more a reckoning with one’s mysterious and daunting personal potential than a reflection on someone else
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  28. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    Crushing is raw. Jacklin and the band aren't playing new sounds, but the groove is locked as she tells her story of heartbreak to her final breath
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  29. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Life, love, heartbreak: none of it is particularly novel as musical material, but on Crushing, Julia Jacklin lets us learn from her experiences with her heart on her sleeve. There is a valuable perspective here, and truly moving music
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