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Snail Mail


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

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  1. 10.0 |   NME

    Lindsey Jordan's songwriting is as astute as ever, and her exploration of love here is set to a rich palette of explorative strings and synths
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  2. 10.0 |   DIY

    A record as hopeful as it is bittersweet
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  3. 10.0 |   A.V. Club

    A soul-stirring study in vulnerability and romance
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  4. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Snail Mail brilliantly captures the dizzying stakes of loving too young and too hard on Valentine
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  5. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    Snail Mail’s Lindsey Jordan laughs, cries, and fights her way through Valentine, one of the best albums of the year. Snail Mail is about to get a lot bigger
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  6. 8.5 |   Pitchfork

    Lindsey Jordan’s exquisite second album documents love in all stages, but mostly in disrepair. She takes on a larger and poppier sound while keeping her songwriting dazzlingly sharp and passionate
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  7. 8.2 |   Paste Magazine

    Following a beloved debut, a breakup and treatment, Lindsey Jordan makes sense of the aftermath
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  8. 8.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    The album tackles all aspects of the highs and lows of being in and out of love and it comes off as quite the huge statement from this amazing up and coming artist
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  9. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    After three years of silence, Snail Mail’s eccentric second LP Valentine proves good things come to those who wait
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  10. 8.0 |   Clash

    Even what Jordan already excelled at – her vocal and lyrical expression, as well as her skill with guitar – does not stagnate, resulting in a fantastic example of how a second album should be
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  11. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Despite the turmoil these songs describe, a flash of Elliott Smith-style emotional acuity every few seconds, musically Valentine tells a different story. Building on the confidence of 2018 debut Lush. Print edition only

  12. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Sweeping strings and sparse piano merge deftly with Jordan’s melancholic voice on “Light Blue”, while the fingerpicked “c. et al.” is bare-bones heartache wrapped up in tender beauty. Print edition only

  13. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Valentine stands out as a complex record, one which should bring her further into the spotlight
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  14. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    Valentine is a singular statement that is profoundly genuine at every turn
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  15. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Lindsay Jordan proves she’s much more than an indie-guitar prodigy on her excellent second album
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  16. 8.0 |   Dork

    Delivering the most necessary of lessons through the most addictive form of medicine: Very Good Music
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  17. 7.6 |   Beats Per Minute

    Coming in an era of stark political statements, post-punk irony and metallic confrontation with the inner shadow, this drunk and sensitive record takes in the freaks and loners, those whose emotions reflect their perspective in a world that doesn’t care for them
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  18. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    No Snail Mail fans are going to be shocked or shaken by Valentine’s 10 tracks, but they’ll definitely be delighted at their continued elegance
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  19. 7.4 |   Spectrum Culture

    As we move with songwriter Lindsey Jordan on her sophomore album, she mixes tones and epiphanies and captures that moment where she can't go on, she must go on
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  20. 7.0 |   Vinyl Chapters

    Whilst the album may not have the same pull and charm as Lush, it’s another very impressive release from an artist performing well above her age
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  21. 7.0 |   All Music

    Valentine represents both a bold musical step and a signal that Jordan is ready to move on in more ways than one, at the same time that it leaves some of her distinctiveness behind
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  22. 7.0 |   Gigwise

    The indie-rock darling continues her reign with a record full of lust and longing
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  23. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Snail Mail’s sophomore effort, Valentine, captures the blurry nature of an inquiry still in progress
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  24. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Lindsey Jordan’s second Snail Mail album is carefully measured but lacks the painful intimacy of her debut LP
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