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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for 18-year-old British indie rock singer-songwriter Lindsey Jordan was produced by Jake Aron.
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Jun 8, 2018
    91
    The crushing sameness of the existence described in Snail Mail’s music means that not every song on Lush is essential, but when Jordan hits, she hits a bullseye.
  2. Jun 8, 2018
    87
    Throughout the record, each line is given its own story. Every vocal feels deeply considered and felt, yet nothing is over-rehearsed. She knows precisely when to dial in and when to dial back, when to fully commit to her longing and when to step back and shake her head at it.
  3. Jun 7, 2018
    80
    Jordan exudes a level of confidence that’s all her own, never once flinching at the opportunity to reveal her feelings and insecurities, and it’s her insight and level-headedness that take her music beyond catchy earworms.
  4. Jun 6, 2018
    80
    The best indie rock songs can often lean on the shorter side, giving in to the sugar rush of instantly memorable riffs. But Jordan has no qualms about letting her songs draw out, as they do on Lush. That’s because she always has something important to say and it’s worth listening.
  5. Jun 8, 2018
    80
    The heady and patient brand of indie rock that Lush is built upon will undoubtedly perk the ears of fans of Soccer Mommy and Japanese Breakfast-but you get the sense that Jordan's astounding songwriting ability is what truly makes Snail Mail fans, and it's at its very best here.
  6. Mojo
    Jun 25, 2018
    80
    A debut proving the universal emotional weight in teenage preoccupation with romance. One to watch. [Aug 2018, p.96]
  7. Jun 11, 2018
    50
    "Pristine", "Let's Find an Out", and "Anytime" are all really strong songs, but they aren't enough to make Lush a good album. What they do is show that Lindsey Jordan has a lot of (the dreaded) potential as a songwriter that she isn't fully realizing yet. The rest of the album is too similar in sound and style to do much besides blur together.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Jul 11, 2018
    10
    An amazing debut album. Lindsay Jordan writes songs that are like a plane taking off. You're on the run way and picking up speed and when youAn amazing debut album. Lindsay Jordan writes songs that are like a plane taking off. You're on the run way and picking up speed and when you take off it's just amazing. A great example of this is "Golden Dream". She balances powerful songs like "Pristine" and "Heat Wave" with more sentimental songs like "Let's Find An Out" and "Deep sea". Expand
  2. Jun 16, 2018
    10
    boiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii this **** goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood af
  3. Jul 11, 2018
    10
    Impressive. Her vibe on this record is amazing (I personally like “Pristine” more than any songs released this year)
  4. Jun 11, 2018
    9
    I enjoy this project. There's nothing pushing the genre, but it excels. Heat Wave is a highlight, her vocals match the beat and give a goodI enjoy this project. There's nothing pushing the genre, but it excels. Heat Wave is a highlight, her vocals match the beat and give a good building/emotional vibe. Stick is a very emotional song. Overall catches a fairly emo indie rock vibe well. Expand
  5. Jun 8, 2018
    7
    It's a fresh album and I really like the vocals and the music and the whole production,but I think that it is not something that special.StillIt's a fresh album and I really like the vocals and the music and the whole production,but I think that it is not something that special.Still a great listen and an 18yearold musician with a bright future. Expand
  6. Jul 7, 2018
    6
    The first studio album from Snail Mail mainly showcases that Lindsey Jordan is a true, earnest, and undeniably talented songwriter: her lyricsThe first studio album from Snail Mail mainly showcases that Lindsey Jordan is a true, earnest, and undeniably talented songwriter: her lyrics are introspective and honest, and it's truly heartfelt to hear her pour her heart out over solid instrumentation consisting of guitars and drums. The whole album sounds so much like Paramore's earlier stuff (she even sounds like Hayley Williams on "Let's Find an Out"). However, it tends to get a little weary and- slightly- boring as it goes on, as some tracks could've really used a shorter running time. Songs like "Pristine" and "Heat Wave" prove that Snail Mail truly belongs in the music business. "LUSH" is a solid debut, even though it could've used some more supervising and organizing. Expand
  7. Jun 8, 2018
    6
    This is the fashionable retro-leaning indie rock sound of 2018, plus female fronted - so again, she's in good 'girl with guitar' company thisThis is the fashionable retro-leaning indie rock sound of 2018, plus female fronted - so again, she's in good 'girl with guitar' company this year for sure. Problem is, no element of this music is ear catching enough to really draw you in, so close to slacker which can be great...if you have tonnes of natural charisma and great low key melodies floating about in your head. I'm not sure she has either of those qualities, so rather than sparkling hard like Malkmus she's just pitter-pattered into sputtering soft. Expand

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