Waxahatchee - Out in the Storm
Critic Score
Based on 28 reviews
2017 Ratings: #112 / 740
User Score
Based on 212 ratings
2017 Ratings: #279
July 14, 2017 / Release Date
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A.V. Club

Each Waxahatchee album has felt like a big step forward, and Out In The Storm feels like the biggest one yet.

Pretty Much Amazing
Though the record is her most lyrically straightforward, Crutchfield’s skill as a songwriter lies in the elasticity and ambiguity of her writing, resulting in a cathartic work that can be applied to anyone who has experienced a bad relationship.

This time, that heart feels bolder, more ballsy, as if the two years since ‘Ivy Tripp’ have seen Crutchfield put up with too much shit, and this is her making a stand.

Northern Transmissions
Crutchfield has written one of her strongest, most ambitious, and most importantly fun records to date. Breaking new sonic ground, while hitting harder than ever lyrically and vocally, she crafts a record that will break through to you one way or another.

While lacking the close mic’d intimacy of her early work, Out in the Storm is equally immersive, with songs that play like fiery exorcisms. It proves that Crutchfield’s music can retain its honesty while aiming at larger audiences, gaining its power from the raw, relentless energy that’s always fueled her best songs.

The Line of Best Fit

This is yet another reinvention for Crutchfield, but this is the first time she’s so palpably given off the sense that she’s at peace with her own thoughts: stronger and more candid for having figured out how to best to take care of herself.

The Skinny

Far too self-aware for her own good, Crutchfield is nonetheless becoming one of indie rock’s finest songwriters – it’s a privilege to witness this talent as it continues to bloom.

Loud and Quiet

Rather than looking backwards ... ‘Out In The Storm’ marks an unsteady but definite musical and personal transformation.


This is an unflinching, cathartic album that is concerned with looking back to help her move forward with a clear understanding that it will be the making of her. It’s also an album where the music is easily removed from the subject matter and can simply be enjoyed for what it is—a superb set of beautifully crafted and catchy rock songs.


The elements needed to make Katie Crutchfield one of the greatest songwriters in indie rock have always been present, just not slotted together perfectly ... the record provides of the most satisfying pinnacles of the year.


Out in the Storm hears Crutchfield unleashing her first effort recorded in a proper studio, with a full band and under the guidance of producer John Agnello. Unsurprisingly, the results are some of Crutchfield's biggest rock'n'roll anthems yet.


With Crutchfield forthright as ever and collaborators suited to drive home her position, Out in the Storm hits with strength as much as emotion.

Crack Magazine

All the better for the fact that it reflects these unfortunate nuances rather than dishing out the heavy-handed Goodbye-And-Good-Riddance that people may expect from a breakup, Out in the Storm is essential listening for anyone experiencing these upheavals, and a brilliant record for anyone else.

The Guardian

Out in the Storm, while as frank as Crutchfield’s earlier albums, also sees her kicking back against the person who wronged her. Musically it offers some of her most robust work to date, her chiming alt-rock melodies ballasted by a full band that includes her sister Allison.

Tiny Mix Tapes
The record’s adversarial feeling imprints — a wall punched out, a face yelled in — are cancelled by their wry sincerity, shy of sarcastic.
God Is in the TV
As expected, it’s a stellar album. What else would Crutchfield do?
Under The Radar
With a record this good, it'll be hard for Waxahatchee to top, but one can't help but wonder what's coming next.
Drowned in Sound
Of course, Crutchfield is still centre-stage, this is her story, her songs after all, but there's a dynamism that Waxahatchee previously lacked from the freedom that's been entrusted on these musicians.

Out in the Storm is a deeply impressive record, one that finds Crutchfield honing the strengths we knew she had, discovering new ones, and adding another strong record a rare sort of catalog — one that is consistent but unafraid to push for something new.

The Observer

A messy postmortem of a bad relationship, Katie Crutchfield’s fourth album as Waxahatchee is thrillingly alive with recrimination, regret and release

Consequence of Sound

While her songwriting hasn’t quite made the same leaps that prior records have shown, Out in the Storm offers a unique perspective: that of someone happier and stronger for the pain endured.

Rolling Stone
Each song is as grueling as it is thrilling.
No Ripcord

It’s a record that documents a reasonably messy break-up, and the characteristics of Crutchfield’s sound provide the ideal canvas for her own regret and release, always sounding alive and hopeful despite its conversationally confrontational lyrical content.

Slant Magazine

Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield runs out of new things to say well before Out in the Storm ends.

The 405

It’s hard to listen to Out in the Storm and not long for what could have been. Crutchfield is baring her soul and just about every song shows some signs of greatness. It comes up short, but not for a lack of trying.

NOW Magazine

On record, Out In The Storm feels under-written and over-performed when considered alongside many of the great recent reissues from the genre’s heyday (Liz Phair, Plumtree, Helium, etc.).

Catchy, intimate, short and to the point, nice instrumentation, nice voice, fairly cool cover, decent subject matter, no filler, has playback quality - what more can you ask for in a Indie Rock album?

EDIT: I guess i was lying about playback quality because I haven't gone back to this album at all nor do I really want to...
Pretty good
Never Been Wrong - 90/100
8 Ball - 80/100
Silver - 85/100
Recite Remorse - 80/100
Sparks Fly - 80/100
Brass Beam - 90/100
Hear You - 80/100
A Little More - 85/100
No Question - 90/100
Fade - 85/100

Overall Rating: 845 out of 1000 = 85%

Overall Opinion: Her best and most accessible album yet. My favorite line is "I see myself in the eyes of my sister" since I"m a huge Crutchfield family & PS Eliot fan I really enjoy that nod. The writing is really good..simple ..but good. ... read more
☆½ ~ Exiguous work. Overmuch flawed and mediocre composition.
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Added on: April 17, 2017