Julia Jacklin - Crushing
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Based on 31 reviews
2019 Ratings: #29 / 760
Year End Rank: #32
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2019 Ratings: #85
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A break-up album may be nothing new, but in her hands, ‘Crushing’ becomes something fresh and captivating, simple songs of a complicated human life that are at times heart-rending, yet ultimately triumphant in spirit.
The Telegraph

As a body of work, Crushing feels small, intimate and inward. But these are big songs, full of big ideas, from a big talent.

The Independent

Grunge-rinsed, feminist-flipped, upcycled Fifties guitar an’ all: Crushing is a triumph.

Loud and Quiet

‘Crushing’ is 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.

God Is in the TV
It’s painfully autobiographical, raw and unapologetic in its personal, open hearted honesty.

It's this type of devastating emotional honesty -- one that admits both strength and weakness -- that, along with the performances, sets this record apart from others in its heavy-hearted category.


Jacklin clearly had to sort through mountains of wreckage to arrive here, but the album’s autobiographical nature is what makes it so affecting ... in recognizing the non-exclusivity of her experiences, she made something singular.


Few albums can make such bold statements without seeming heavy-handed, but Jacklin’s sophomore effort feels as natural as the words rolling off her tongue.

The Line of Best Fit

This melancholy filters through to Crushing, but with a more stripped back style, allowing the plaster peel away, exposing the wound of losing someone - in both life and love.

Northern Transmissions
While honesty and openness isn’t new in indie folk / folk-rock, Jacklin’s upfront storytelling and mirroring metaphors highlight the absurdity of everyday life, and the real hurt and joy that stems from it, through a voice matured just beyond young love.
The Skinny

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


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.


Crushing by name and crushing by nature, the singer-songwriter's second album is the sonic equivalent of cracking a smirk and jabbing your knee at an offending man-spreader.


The album title alludes to both infatuation and the pressures of an intense affair, and a candidly confessional tone permeates the whole album, one based around Jacklin's expressive vocals and predominantly sparse arrangements.

Rolling Stone

A profound statement that stands as an early candidate for this year’s strongest singer-songwriter breakthrough.

The Observer

In among the scab- and finger-picking and lines that creep into your ear and needle are indeed blasts of bitter humour.

The 405

After suffering a recent breakup, Julia Jacklin has written 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.

NOW Magazine

Crushing, like love, is a journey worth taking.


Throughout, Jacklin’s lyrics are intimate, confessional and endearing, often capturing those moments in relationships that end up preserved in memory forever.


Instead of the tentative questioning of its predecessor ... Crushing is most definitely about one core theme – recovery from savage heartbreak. And it is breathtakingly raw.


Jacklin isn’t an impersonator – these songs are stamped full of her personality and they mark a major evolution as a songwriter.


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

Consequence of Sound

Crushing is 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.

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.


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.

No Ripcord

She provokes an emotional groundswell in the quietest of moods, one acoustic song at a time.

Julia Jacklin offers up to the listener an enthralling piece of music that is beautifully honest. It tackles a variety of topics and thematic contruscts with a rather large emphasis on the contrasted impulses and feelings that are associated with love and romance. It feels like Jacklin is trying to convey her opposing feelings of not only wanting to be loved, but loved in the right way, and also wanting to fulfill her own desires and cravings and not be lonely. I think she i striving to find ... read more
Yay, it was worth the hype! Julia Jacklin makes honesty look easy. There is a memoir quality to her writing style I quite enjoy; the songs are reflective and self-aware. While I find some similarities to Angel Olsen and Adrianne Lenker in her vocals, Jacklin's nuanced imagery and heartbreaking melodies helped make this a gripping record throughout. This does not feel like wallowing in the past but learning and moving forward from experiences. There is an excellent blend of more raucous break-up ... read more
There's a layer of pure honesty in Julia's songwriting that hit me hard. Her lyrical style is heartwarming and reflective while also having a layer of self-awareness that you rarely hear in music of this style, especially in breakup albums. "Crushing" has some of the best lyrics of the year, but her vocals are so beautiful and passionate and the folk instrumentation is so meticulously crafted that they add even more to an already emotionally powerful record!

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Space Vacation
Raising this +2 points.

Body is one of my favourite tracks of the year so far.
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Track List

  1. Body
  2. Head Alone
  3. Pressure to Party
  4. Don't Know How to Keep Loving You
  5. When the Family Flies In
  6. Convention
  7. Good Guy
  8. You Were Right
  9. Turn Me Down
  10. Comfort
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Added on: November 9, 2018