AOTY 2021

Laura Stevenson

Laura Stevenson - Laura Stevenson
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2021 Ratings: #239
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Shortly after finishing 2018's The Big Freeze, Laura Stevenson got a call from a loved one facing "something absolutely unthinkable". Her sixth album charts the turbulence that followed in all its rage, anxiety, bargaining and grief.


The singer-songwriter’s sixth album remains enigmatic, processing trauma and joy through the force of its unvarnished arrangements.


The stylistically variable Laura Stevenson LP leaves listeners with "Children's National Transfer," a spare fingerstyle ballad that sees our narrator stepping out of the turmoil to pick up cigarettes and a cold drink. It's a poignant reset to close a burdened but nonetheless tuneful set.

Incredibly soul-hitting. She tugs your little heart veins making it stop, only to let your blood flow freely again. The guitars sound like trickling liquid down your spine, cold enough to give the sensation of emotional belongingness. "Moving Cars" is definitely one of the highlights of this album. The symbiosis of the guitars and her voice made me quiver multiple times.
Laura Stevenson's music has been a constant source of joy and stillness for me ever since she released her 2013 record, Wheel. That record made a significant impact on me both as a person and a music lover, practically defining who I was at that period in my life. A period where adulthood turned from a distant future into a reality. It's my favourite album of all time, but Stevenson's music and its connection to me has never been isolated to that one magnificent release. Everything she's done, ... read more
another high quality release from the wonderfully talented Laura Stevenson. I loved The Big Freeze and her debut Sit Resist from back in the day, and of course the magnificent Wheel. it has been a near-constant upward trajectory except for the unfortunate Cocksure, which didn't appeal to me as much as her other work. but this is a new pinnacle for her. she exudes a confident and mature style throughout and she has found her home, as the cover beautifully portrays. the other great Laura may get ... read more
folklore but the strokes

also i've never heard laura before but her voice is nice asf it blends with the indie rock instrumentals well
Oh god, again in love with an indie girl. Uwu
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Track List

  1. State
  2. Don’t Think About Me
  3. Moving Cars
  4. Continental Divide
  5. Wretch
  6. Sky Blue, Bad News
  7. Mary
  8. Sandstorm
  9. After Those Who Mean It
  10. Children’s National Transfer
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Added on: June 8, 2021