Sprained Ankle

Julien Baker - Sprained Ankle
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2015 Ratings: #17 / 918
User Score
Based on 256 ratings
2015 Ratings: #38
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Dork

Like the injury it’s named after, Baker’s nine-track album is a distinctive affair; ‘Sprained Ankle’ is uncompromisingly heartfelt to the point that it is physically affecting.

94
Sputnikmusic

Sprained Ankle is unrelenting, even comfortable in its despondency. Because it’s fine to feel sad sometimes. It's alright, everybody does.

90
Exclaim!

Sprained Ankle is one of 2015's most heart-rending and poignant records.

90
Clash
The honesty is stark, the music compelling and the delivery is earnest.
85
The Line of Best Fit
It’s surprising that Julien Baker considers her heartache to be a mere ‘ankle sprain’; it’s really more of a confessional, punctured lung. Her debut solo effort is courageous and soulful, the perfect record to be listened to during the worst of metaphorical and literal downpours.
84
GIGsoup
There is no over-performing on this album. Every note is necessary and rings out in the calming silence. It is a remarkable talent that a gentle voice over guitar picking can sound as rich as an orchestra.
80
Drowned in Sound
Baker’s debut is so raw and empathetic that it feels less like she’s telling you her story and more like you’re crawling into her skin. The moment you press play on the album these songs aren’t about her sorrows, they’re yours.
80
AllMusic

Sprained Ankle is the intensely intimate solo debut of Memphis' Julien Baker.

80
The Sydney Morning Herald
Over a spartan, atmospheric sound of solitary guitar and plentiful reverb, Baker lets her voice test its dynamic range; her pain, both physical and emotional, both evocatively whispered and passionately hollered.
75
Consequence of Sound
A remarkable record, one full of beautiful, personal explorations revealed in stark intimacy.
70
Pitchfork

She's a minimalist, playing bassy clusters of melodic thirds, flicking silvery harmonics, palm-muting chords. It's gorgeously recorded and yet, there's still the suggestion that these might've been demos.

70
God Is in the TV

Sprained Ankle certainly deserves a second outing and has enough about it to suggest that Baker might be within touching distance of producing a classic.

eastbaldboy
80
Sprained Ankle? More like, holy crap someone just stabbed me in the heart.
90
Most underrated album 2015
Flamingooooo
70
Julien has Really great voice aww
frncscbrqz
88
first listen rating: 81
final rating: 88

What can I say. Lyrics are devastating and gut wrenching. Also, I'm a sucker for simple instrumentation and this is exactly how it's done

fav tracks: Blacktop, Sprained Ankle, Everybody Does, Something, Vessels, Go Home
Mixtape
100
This might be one of my new singer/songwriters records oat. The lyrics are so unsettling and darkly comedic and just plain sad. This record is fantastic from the performance, lyrics, vocals, and music.
fav tracks: all but Vessels
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Track List

  1. Blacktop
  2. Sprained Ankle
  3. Brittle Boned
  4. Everybody Does
  5. Good News
  6. Something
  7. Rejoice
  8. Vessels
  9. Go Home
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Added on: July 23, 2015