Saltbreakers - Laura Veirs
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  • Summary: The Portland, Ore-based singer-songwriter reunites with producer Tucker Martine (The Decemberists) for her sixth album, which is titled after her backing band.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
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  1. Saltbreakers is exceptionally strong, and it shows Veirs has more than just poetic whimsy up her sleeve.
  2. Veirs here is at the peak of her game, and as refreshing as a lungful of oxygen.
  3. By eschewing the careworn vulnerability so favoured by many female artists, Veirs allows her remarkable songcraft and ornate use of language to shine.
  4. Saltbreakers is a wonderful album – a little glossy on the surface maybe, but saved from preciousness by its intelligence, restraint and soaring images.
  5. She succeeds on a level that was always just out of reach; the whole thing feels organic and natural.
  6. Veirs’ songs are content to be four-minute pop numbers that exude hooks and instrumental magic; her album is content to be a collection of these songs, with no big finish or three-act dramatic arc.
  7. The record grows soggy with Veirs' over-reliance on nautical themes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7