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Waxahatchee - Ivy Tripp
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2015 Ratings: #73 / 772
User Score
Based on 239 ratings
2015 Ratings: #177
April 7, 2015 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Pretty Much Amazing

Nothing Crutchfield’s recorded up to this point could prepare you for the way Ivy Tripp reimagines sonic space and, by extension, Waxahatchee’s whole sound, its capacity for emotional heft.

90
Exclaim!

Ivy Tripp is not a record about being in love or and it's not a record about getting your heart broken; it's about the foggy, messy tangle of the feelings in between. And they've never sounded so good. 

86
Paste

When you’ve got a whole record of songs whose bare bones are as impactful as these ones, frills of any variety are as unproductive as they are unnecessary.

85
The 405

Crutchfield's introspection and self-awareness have been elevated to absolutely staggering levels, allowing for an unmatched showcase of her skills as a musician.

83
A.V. Club

Adapting nearly every trend in indie-rock for her own needs, Crutchfield crafts a record that runs the range of human emotion without settling into any one lane.

81
Pitchfork

This is one way it's most reminiscent of the best '90s indie rock: it never feels forced or like she's making some kind of push. It's unhurried and natural and real.

80
The Skinny

It takes considerable talent to pull off sincere, confessional songwriting as favorably as Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield.

80
DIY

An absolute triumph of a record. Incredible songs, performed with honesty and passion.

80
musicOMH

Cerulean Salt was a tough album to top but, with this bleak yet beautiful follow-up, Crutchfield might have done just that.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Ivy Tripp is about moving Waxahatchee forward as an act, and that doing so doesn’t necessarily mean losing what fans loved about the band in the first place.

80
Spin

On Ivy Tripp she particularly excels at sketching out just enough details to make her intentions clear, while leaving enough space to let listeners draw their own conclusions.

80
PopMatters

Crutchfield seems most concerned with finding every way possible to lighten her heavy heart’s load rather than drive through the lens of any one aesthetic.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes

When I listen to Waxahatchee, I feel a little less strange. Less washed up.

80
AllMusic

Born of D.I.Y. punk culture, Waxahatchee's fuzzy, introspective pop stands out due to the fearless honesty of the songs, and Crutchfield's refusal to dumb down her emotional currents or underestimate her audience.

80
Time Out London

Over 13 songs, it darts from ramshackle indie-rock inspired by Crutchfield’s 1990s heroines to more stripped down singer-songwriter fare. But there’s definite experimentation and expansion here too.

80
Loud and Quiet

This is certainly a collection of songs, as opposed to an intricately crafted, close-knit record, but when the individual songs are this good, that’s really not a problem.

80
The Guardian

Ivy Tripp ... maintains a sense of sincerity throughout, letting her purge her own thoughts while providing a sanctuary for her listeners. 

80
NME

‘Ivy Tripp’ is slicker than its predecessors, but Crutchfield’s emotional rawness hasn’t been glossed over.

80
NOW Magazine

Most of Ivy Tripp's songs ... especially at the end, are exceptionally minimal - centred around that voice and those lyrics, held together with a drum machine beat, distorted guitar line or acoustic strumming. They are confessional and vulnerable, yet so strong.

75
Consequence of Sound

On Ivy Tripp, Crutchfield creeps further into adulthood, expanding both her outlook and sound without losing the intimacy that endeared her to us in the first place.

75
Under The Radar

Ivy Tripp finds Crutchfield maturing not only in lyrical subject matter, but in sound. 

70
Rolling Stone

Aimlessness can be a rite of passage for twentysomethings, and Crutchfield shines brightest when she transforms that fear into frenetic pop joy.

50
No Ripcord

Nobody expects for any musical wheels to be reinvented with a Waxahatchee album, but this never mattered when the songs were more idiosyncratic; if the arrangements had space for word-painting, Ivy Tripp would have been far more memorable.

notacatbutlikes
70
It's decent. I expected more but it's still not bad
raymon
84
Following Cerulean Salt, Waxahatchee creates another really solid indie rock album. She continues to prove that she is a gifted lyricist. While the previous album was about the pitfalls of being in love. This album is sort of about the uncertainty that love can bring into your life. Tracks like Air, Breathless, and Bonfire really accentuate how great she is at making these songs.
sumrapsungs
90
insanely good.
holsgr
30
☆½ ~ Deficient, unpleasant and forgettable emptiness. Not my thing.
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Track List

  1. Breathless
  2. Under A Rock
  3. Poison
  4. La Loose
  5. Stale By Noon
  6. The Dirt
  7. Blue
  8. Air
  9. <
  10. Grey Hair
  11. Summer Of Love
  12. Half Moon
  13. Bonfire
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