AOTY 2019

The Big Freeze

Laura Stevenson - The Big Freeze
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2019 Ratings: #106 / 606
User Score
Based on 90 ratings
2019 Ratings: #434
March 29, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Don Giovanni / Label
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JohnLouisHoward
90
now more indie folk than pop punk, she just gets better and better. this is a long way from Sit Resist , which was good enough in its own right, but her songwriting has improved with every album in terms of complexity and scope. she always seems to be overshadowed by more visible peers, which is odd because she has an engaging presence and personality, and she is whip-smart. I hope this record gets her the respect she deserves.
usedtobe
88
My introduction to her work and it was a delight to listen to. A strong knack for songwriting paired with mellow, stripped back instruments allows for a more relaxed listen.
WildChameleon
78
Laura stevenson is a pretty seasoned S-S with very different albums.
This album takes a more safer road with more classic indie folk sounds but she does it so well.

Her voice is very precise, all arrangements stick to the right place, her lyrics are more sharp and detailed.
This album contains some gems like Living Room, NYC.

A cohesive and solid effort that will not crush the genre, just will magnify it.
Tallglassofwate
77
With incredible vocal range, Laura Stevenson dances upon the fringes of what can be called indie folk. Her sound is a bit more expansive and progressive than traditionalists like Angelo De Augustine, but it remains firmly grounded in the genre. And while the instrumentation, which varies greatly from track to track, is excellent, Stevenson's vocals clearly take the forefront on this record. At times she sounds bold and confident, elsewhere she sounds weak and vulnerable but never does her voice ... read more
67
Laura Stevenson is a clearly talented musician, yet her albums never seem to fully click within the indie rock scene. On paper, there isn’t anything wrong with “The Big Freeze,” and there’s plenty to appreciate: this album is undoubtedly her most personal to date, and she makes a lot of unconventional sonic decisions within her restrained indie folk-rock palette. Yet, as always seems to be the case with Stevenson, “The Big Freeze” is somewhere less than the ... read more
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Track List

  1. Lay Back, Arms Out
  2. Value Inn
  3. Living Room, NY
  4. Dermatillomania
  5. Hum
  6. Rattle at Will
  7. Hawks
  8. Big Deep
  9. Low Slow
  10. Perfect
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Added on: February 9, 2019