Cerulean Salt

Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2013 Ratings: #265 / 953
Year End Rank: #42
User Score
Based on 136 ratings
2013 Ratings: #95
March 5, 2013 / Release Date
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Don Giovanni / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

86
Beats Per Minute

Cerulean Salt retains Cructchfield’s outstanding songwriting voice (pushes it further even) while giving the record a sonic immediacy that its predecessor lacked. 

84
Pitchfork

It’s that blazingly honest, hyper-personal quality that places Cerulean Salt in the tradition of Elliott Smith, early Cat Power, or Liz Phair's free-flowing Girlysound tapes-- the work of a songwriter skilled enough to make introspection seem not self-centered, but generous.

83
Pretty Much Amazing

Crutchfield isn’t necessarily aiming to delineate any universal truths about love or loss, but what makes Cerulean Salt so enjoyable and so endlessly relistenable is that some of her snapshots likely resemble ones from your own lost photo albums.

80
Consequence of Sound

By being unrelenting with her angst, Crutchfield continues to make herself a most alluring figure.

80
Spin

The recordings are dry and vérité, which they have to be to help Crutchfield make her point: Namely, that these are honest songs about real people being hammered out in the basements and garages of unromantic places.

80
DIY

It’s always been clear that Katie Crutchfield was a talented songwriter, but ‘Cerulean Salt’ represents an outstanding example of that talent blossoming into one of US indie’s most vital and compelling voices.

80
NME

... she’s still brutally picking at old scabs to expose the muck festering underneath. The truth has seldom sounded so good. 

80
musicOMH

Waxahatchee’s second album is one to immerse yourself in, to lose yourself in and generally marvel at the raw emotion that’s so beautifully expressed.

72
Paste

Crutchfield’s inexhaustible desire to make short, emotional rock records at an impressive clip and get every overshare on is a rare thing in tuneful bandleaders these days.

70
PopMatters

Cerulean Salt is proof positive that Katie Crutchfield is well on her way to becoming all she can be, an emerging artist who definitely possesses the skills and a point-of-view that you’ve either got or don’t.

CheapandLethal
95
Exceptional
songsforthedeaf
85
the percussions are just perfect,one of my favourite indie rock albums.
80
Confessional lo-fi singer-songwriter music done right. The music is generally acoustic and laid-back enough that it can fade into the background if necessary, but Katie Crutchfield's lyrics are so emotionally charged and her vocals are so raw that it gives the songs real drive and drama -- each song has its own lyric competing for "most devastating lyric of the album."
Space Vacation
92
One of my favourite albums ever.
You never know what will effect you and how much and definitely not for how long...
Waxahatchee instantly became a classic song writer as soon as I listened to this album and now that I can recite every track by heart it's only become more classic and more historic.
I get a lump in my throat when I throw on anything from this album.
Lines like "If you think that I'll wait forever, you are right and I'll give you everything you wanted if I can" ... read more
FinalLifeline
88
Catchy, solid songwriting, paired with a distinctive voice and style that sets her apart from the rest of the singer-songwriter community. Great release.
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Track List

  1. Hollow Bedroom 
  2. Dixie Cups and Jars
  3. Lips and Limbs
  4. Blue Pt. II
  5. Brother Bryan
  6. Coast to Coast
  7. Tangled Envisioning
  8. Misery Over Dispute
  9. Lively 
  10. Waiting
  11. Swan Dive
  12. Peace and Quiet 
  13. You're Damaged
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