Great Thunder

Waxahatchee - Great Thunder
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
User Score
Based on 64 ratings
2018 Ratings: #646
September 7, 2018 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
Northern Transmissions

While it’s not the most complex release from Waxahatchee in recent memory, there’s so much packed in to her words that it wildly overshadows what any additional instrumentation could offer.

85
The Line of Best Fit

The six tracks on Waxahatchee’s latest EP were originally written and recorded for Katie Crutchfield’s side project Great Thunder ... Here they are revisited and re-worked, breathing new life into a set of songs that could have otherwise been tragically forgotten.

80
The Skinny

Great Thunder offers some stunning moments from Waxahatchee and finds Katie Crutchfield at her most off guard and most personal.

80
NME

This EP cements Crutchfield not only as an evocative songwriter and storyteller, but also as an artist who can re-imagine often, skilfully, breathing new life and meaning into songs that many will now struggle to forget.

73
Pitchfork

Katie Crutchfield revisits six tracks originally recorded in 2012, waving away the lo-fi haze that blanketed much of her early work to reveal her celebrated skills as a storyteller and singer.

70
AllMusic

Lacking the intensity of her main catalog, Great Thunder plays out more like an addendum that an essential Waxahatchee recording, but the songs are still worth discovery.

70
Exclaim!

Crutchfield effortlessly slips back into the role of an intimate solo bedroom artist on Great Thunder — and proves she's one of this generation's most evocative songwriters in the process.

70
The 405

While not as immediately apparent in its charm as, say, Cerulean Salt, it’s another fine addition to what is fast becoming a vital collection of music from one of the best songwriter’s around.

60
DIY

This is an offshoot of Waxahatchee that may fail to bring in fans anew, but offers plenty for those wanting a return to Katie Crutchfield’s more acoustic roots.

60
Spectrum Culture

A pleasing enough stopgap in Waxahatchee’s release schedule, and a reminder that the artist was penning vulnerable, piercingly honest lyrics from the start.

50
Crack Magazine

Despite how small, almost hidden, she sounded on American Weekend, the directness of her words, pulling no punches, gave it an arresting power. Songwriters evolve, and Crutchfield’s voice is more than good enough to sit brightly, front and centre, but on Great Thunder at least, that enchantment is missing.

30
Under The Radar

Great Thunder is nothing but dull, adult contemporary rock-lite that swings with a tempo of a slow cooker.

CheapandLethal
70
Worth a listen
73
Last year’s very strong “Out in the Storm” successfully posited Katie Crutchfield as a rock frontwoman. “Great Thunder,” instead of following that lead, puts the firmly spotlight on Crutchfield’s words, reminding us of the direct, confessional songwriting that we fell in love with in the first place. Not so much an EP of new material as a rerecording of earlier obscure songs for a wider audience, “Great Thunder” shows just how much Crutchfield can ... read more
WildChameleon
74
A charming little EP ! Don't expect more ;)
PJ_0707
58
Great Thunder is a pleasant but forgettable release from Waxahatchee, six songs of acoustic singer-songwriter material that doesn't quite pack the punch of her main albums.
ryanreviews
45
For the most part I really enjoy the music that Katie Crutchfield has released under the Waxahatchee name however this new EP is in my opinion a really bad direction. I get that in a way Katie is trying to go back to the more traditional roots she comes from but Great Thunder is just unbelievably boring and a waste of the talent and unique sounds that she has shown she can bring. Her main showcase of this unique sound was on her album “Ivy Tripp”, a very visceral and exciting ... read more
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Track List

  1. Singer’s No Star
  2. You’re Welcome
  3. Chapel of Pines
  4. You Left Me with an Ocean
  5. Slow You Down
  6. Takes so Much
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