Cerulean Salt

Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2013 Ratings: #247 / 1004
Year End Rank: #42
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Based on 161 ratings
2013 Ratings: #115
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March 5, 2013 / Release Date
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Don Giovanni / Label
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Cerulean Salt retains Cructchfield’s outstanding songwriting voice (pushes it further even) while giving the record a sonic immediacy that its predecessor lacked. 


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.

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.

Consequence of Sound

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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.

cerulean salt is a comfort sulk while lying on a mattress on the floor of a sparse room still in your towel after a cold afternoon shower in the middle of summer (lol might just be me)

one of the few albums I fell in love with out of habit - bought it on sale, left it in the record player, kept pressing play, and now it's my go-to when I need to be with myself - it has so easily become a part of my narrative
Space Vacation
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
(This is the second entry in my series on Waxahatchee)

Now that's what I'm talking about! Cerulean Salt is everything a sophomore record should be. More polished, instrumentally varied and lush than the original- yet it has still retained Katie's classic lo-fi anguish. Do not fret, the quality of recording stays moodily dirty. Guitars are rusty, vocals smothered- but the forwards momentum here does a world of good. This fusion of Katie's early style with a more diverse indie-rock approach has ... read more
Oh, the length of this album isn't very long, but don't let it fool you, these lyrics stick to you easily
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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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Added on: March 7, 2013