Julia Jacklin - Crushing
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2019 Ratings: #1 / 83
User Score
Based on 86 ratings
2019 Ratings: #1
February 22, 2019 / Release Date
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Polyvinyl, Liberation / Label
Indie Folk / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Dork
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.
100
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.

100
The Independent

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

90
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.

90
God Is in the TV
It’s painfully autobiographical, raw and unapologetic in its personal, open hearted honesty.
86
Paste

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.

85
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.

85
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.
80
The Skinny

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

80
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.

80
NME

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.

80
Exclaim!

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.

80
Rolling Stone

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

80
AllMusic

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.

75
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.

75
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.

70
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.

musicmagpie55
87
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
dearsongs
84
Well, here we go. This is the first of 3 female fronted singer-songwriter type albums coming out in the next few weeks that I'm really looking forward to (Weyes Blood and Hand Habits being the other two).

Julia Jacklin will certainly be elevated with this release, and its well deserved. The singles are great, the deep cuts are good/great as well. "Don't Know How to Keep Loving You" is so so fantastic. "Crushing" will inevitably be compared to the top recent releases of the ... read more
ThrowBackG
88
Edit: remember when I said I didn't like the middle? It grew on me quite a bit. "Pressure to Party" is probably my favorite song of the year right now.

I try not to listen to leaked releases or albums on NPR, but I couldn't resist this time around. I honestly don't regret it.

While the album is titled "Crushed" it could have also been titled something around the lines of: "How To (and How Not To) Treat A Lady". It's the kind of album where I think everyone can ... read more
WildChameleon
86
On Crushing, Julia Jacklin totally improves Don't let the kids win, which was pretty great.

The singles have memorable lines (specially head alone and Pressure to party), the entire album is extremely cohesive and the last track is amazing for closing the album.

She is extremely smart with her composition and she proves that with a guitar and few instruments, you can be very versatile. Her voice is shining more than ever and has a lot of texture.

While she will not reinvent the genre and ... read more
daFigz
83
Sydney, Australia's Julia Jacklin came my way via AOTY user reviews/comments. Popped over to Amazon Music Unlimited to find this LP and was met with only 4 of the 10 tracks total. [Pausing]... [Internalizing]... WTF Amazon. Oh. Hmm. What's that you say? The official release date is 22 Feb 2019. [Blushes] [Comes back to focus] [Smiling]... Really nice find. So, thanks to JohnLouisHoward, dearsongs, and WildChameleon for the intro, and enthusiastic reviews. On 'Crushing' Jacklin shares her ... read more
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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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