i don’t know who needs to hear this...

Tomberlin - i don’t know who needs to hear this...
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Based on 16 reviews
2022 Ratings: #33 / 340
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Based on 202 ratings
2022 Ratings: #49
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The Skinny

On her second LP, i don’t know who needs to hear this…, Tomberlin’s self-soothing becomes a tonic for modern anguish.

It’s more intimate and delicate than its predecessor, yet somehow manages to sound bigger. Even the barest moments – the soft, occasional breath of a piano or lonely saxophone – feel incredibly powerful, even intimidating.

A Tomberlin song is a winding road, making use of negative space — grander and more resonant than ever on i don't know who needs to hear this… — and having reverence for the journey of the loose threads on their unpredictable weave to create a whole.


Older, wiser, and more ambitious than on her collegiate debut, Tomberlin finds a musical artistry on i don't know who needs to hear this… that rises to the level of her lyrical perceptiveness.

The Line of Best Fit

I don’t know who needs to hear this… finds Tomberlin firmly stood in the language of her own making. She redefines song structure, alluding to the intrinsically mirrored fashion in which life pans out; like life, far beyond the close, these songs continue to spin.

The Young Folks
By unleashing the very emotions and experiences that could quickly harden anyone’s hear into a frigid mass, Tomberlin pushes against the inevitable and remains understatedly colorful and alive.
The indie-folk artist’s new album finds her elevating her sound while sacrificing none of its power.
Beats Per Minute
Like all the best songwriters, Tomberlin doesn’t act like she has the answers to the big questions, but instead knows that simply by being inquisitive she will eventually figure out her own truths, and she’s passing that wisdom along with this record.
Second LP from Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter transmits louder and clearer.
Loud and Quiet
Recontextualised to follow the ten tracks before it sounds like gestated wisdom. Tomberlin has come a long way in the four years since we met her, and this is her best yet.
Sweeter and more inviting than anything she’s done before, the second-full length by Sarah Beth Tomberlin finds peace in the unraveling.
Spectrum Culture
Sadness in small doses can be life-affirming, and Tomberlin's latest this manages to balance the bleak with the beautiful--which are often the same things.
Northern Transmissions
In an album that takes minimalism to its extreme, Tomberlin’s down-to-earth writing is an antidote to modern worries. It speaks to how we’re all doing the best we can, and has the ability to heal listeners, as well as Tomberlin herself.

As the title suggests, Brooklyn-based Sarah Beth Tomberlin's second long-player seems to semi-consciously urge you to move along – nothing to hear here. Yet it creates its own slow-burning allure on repeated listens.


Tomberlin’s songs on i don’t know who needs to hear this seem to dwell in a space where time doesn’t pass. There’s something cosmic about the experience.

Under The Radar
Tomberlin’s most open hearted vocals benefit the closing two songs, but the energy level is brought back to the album’s middle, along with another lethargic sax solo to close things out.

As far as minimalistic folk and singer-songwriter music goes, this is borderline perfect.

The singing is phenomenal, the instrumentation is so well done, and the lyrics and storytelling are heartbreaking.

Favorite tracks: "memory", "collect caller", "stoned", "happy accident", "idkwntht"


I learned of Tomberlin earlier this year when she opened for Lucy Dacus on her Home Video tour back in October. In my "At Weddings" review, I noted that Tomberlin presented a gorgeous, intimate folk sound that did not very much go off the usual conventions of that genre. Her live performances mimic that image well: it is just her and a guitar on stage and every song would only invoke the fret board moving up and down a few scales. My first experience with this album was before it was ... read more


turns out that I needed to hear this, that's who. Tomberlin has already opened for Lucy Dacus and she will be the opener for Angel Olsen on her upcoming European tour, and that's the perfect milieu for these delicate and thoughtful indie folk songs. this is a beautifully produced record with full-bodied arrangements that don't get noisy. Tomberlin co-produced with Philip Weinrobe who has also worked to good effect with Adrianne Lenker and Indigo Sparke, among others.

"stoned" is a ... read more


was not expecting to love this nearly as much as i did but all the songs are so beautiful and the two indie rock bangers near the end are incredible






Fac tracks: unsaid, collect caller, happy accident, idkwntht

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Added on: February 16, 2022