Snail Mail - Valentine
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2021 Ratings: #89 / 739
Year End Rank: #18
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2021 Ratings: #265
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
A.V. Club

Throughout Valentine, Jordan reaches a new height of expression that practically demands to be heard and felt.

100
NME

Expertly curated, every single song in ‘Valentine’s relatively restrained 10-song tracklist feels like a fully-realised gem. As a songwriter, Jordan continues to cut straight through to the messy, conflicted, hopelessly infatuated guts of life.

100
DIY
A record as hopeful as it is bittersweet.
90
The Young Folks

Valentine is a near-perfect evolution for Snail Mail. Though not completely daring in terms of its lyrics or new sounds, it shows the band is willing to go beyond its indie rock comfort zone to paint a wider picture with their music.

90
The Line of Best Fit

Valentine is a big, ambitious album centered around big, overwhelming feelings, but some of its most resonant moments come when Jordan strips away the layers of drama.

90
PopMatters

Valentine delivers on the hype and proves—in case there was any doubt remaining—that Lush wasn’t a whip-smart fluke.

90
The Sydney Morning Herald
Jordan’s influences – music, literature, life – are all evident on these sensitive, erudite songs, as she shows her scars and reclaims her narrative. Along with the likes of Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus, Jordan is part of a rising school of young American women making some of the most original, compelling and accomplished music in indie rock today.
85
Pitchfork
Lindsey Jordan’s exquisite second album documents love in all stages, but mostly in disrepair. She takes on a larger and poppier sound while keeping her songwriting dazzlingly sharp and passionate.
82
Paste

We’re left with 10 raw, rock-solid tracks that feel just as restorative for us as they clearly do for Jordan. Valentine is proof that a breakup album doesn’t have to be sad—it just has to be powerful.

80
Dork

Channelling those growing, loving, losing and learning vibes that so truncate leaving your teens and entering your twenties, it’s refreshing to hear it done with such vibrancy. 

80
Northern Transmissions
The album tackles all aspects of the highs and lows of being in and out of love and it comes off as quite the huge statement from this amazing up and coming artist.
80
No Ripcord

There's no denying that Valentine is a singular statement that is profoundly genuine at every turn.

80
Mojo

Lindsey F Jordan's second album as Snail Mail is full of love songs and death drives, sleeping on couches and wakeful nights, second guessing and third parties.

80
Clash
Even what Jordan already excelled at – her vocal and lyrical expression, as well as her skill with guitar –does not stagnate, resulting in a fantastic example of how a second album should be.
80
Rolling Stone

With its amped-up pop choruses, refined sense of melody, and hints of everything from Blood Orange-inspired R&B to vintage mid-century torch balladry, Valentine, indeed, opens up entire new worlds of possibilities for her.

80
The Skinny

Where Lush was agonised, anxious, Valentine finds a new serenity; Jordan takes a step back from her emotions and makes deeper observations of her experiences. Still, there are flashes of the stubborn candour that made Lush so memorable.

80
Loud and Quiet
Ironically, on ‘Valentine’, Jordan sings “fuck bring remembered” yet Valentine stands out as a complex record, one which should bring her further into the spotlight.
80
Uncut
Three years on, her songwriting craft and palette has expanded, taking in synth soundscapes, slinky R&B and hook-laden pop rock.
76
Beats Per Minute

It never bursts, like Lush did, but stumbles and swings, begs and borrows. Nothing about it is ironic, because it anxiously glances over its shoulder to, somehow, find something in the past that has been lost and maybe never existed.

75
Under The Radar

Like many sophomore efforts, Valentine is an incremental improvement on what was already a solid foundation. This isn’t a new version of Lindsey Jordan. Instead, we’re witnessing a slow but sure march towards a Lindsey Jordan that is more confident, more sure of herself, and more heartbreakingly honest in her delicate songwriting.

74
Spectrum Culture

As we move with songwriter Lindsey Jordan on her sophomore album, she mixes tones and epiphanies and captures that moment where she can't go on, she must go on.

70
AllMusic

Taken together, Valentine represents both a bold musical step and a signal that Jordan is ready to move on in more ways than one, at the same time that it leaves some of her distinctiveness behind.

70
Gigwise

Valentine isn't quite the record I hoped it would be, but it at least demonstrates that for now, Jordan's sticking around for a long time.

70
Slant Magazine

She eschews the disempowerment that characterized her debut, instead considering her history and default patterns while displaying a matter-of-fact melancholia. If Lush presented a snapshot of a particular mindset, a woman trapped in a psychological limbo, Valentine captures the blurry nature of an inquiry still in progress.

60
The Observer

Lindsey Jordan’s second Snail Mail album is carefully measured but lacks the painful intimacy of her debut LP.

50
The Needle Drop

Valentine doesn't offer too much beyond its breakup narrative.

Doublez
77

Valentine does not shine by its musical innovations, nor by the novelties, but on the contrary this second album proves the important progression of its author by varied and ultra well tied ballads. For that, Snail Mail uses a sincere and particularly touching writing which takes shape by her soft voice and a honeyed orchestration.

[It's good to see you again AOTY, I needed 1 week of rest to recover from listening to Equals, obviously this last sentence is a joke]

Lindsey Jordan, better ... read more

cosmonauts
95

The growth from Lush to this is amazing.

Not only the only the songwriting highlights here i also liked all the new elements introduced here like the synths in Ben Franklin, the acoustic guitar on Light Blue and c et al and the strings in Mia since fits good and make the listening way more interesting.

POPDESIGN
60

Closing track is simply beautiful.
It doesn't seem like a special record to me personally,
but it's worth listening to.

Highlights : Mia, Valentine, Light Blue

foux
83

I don't it's as good as Lush, but it's still a decent indie rock album. Some songs are beautifully written while some others aren't blowing my mind.

jdbolter
75

Love Snail Mail

bg1351
80

‘Valentine’ loses some of the indie flair from Snail Mail’s previous LP, ‘Lush’, yet Lindsey Jordan still matures in her sound, making this LP one of the best of 2021.

80/100

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Track List

1Valentine
3:16
85
2Ben Franklin
3:01
81
3Headlock
3:12
80
4Light Blue
2:34
80
5Forever (Sailing)
4:18
82
6Madonna
2:53
79
7c. Et Al.
3:23
71
8Glory
2:20
78
9Automate
3:09
77
10Mia
3:27
82
Total Length: 31 minutes
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Added on: September 9, 2021