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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the Los Angeles-based indie folk singer-songwriter was produced by Tony Berg and Ethan Grusk.
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Smoke Signals
I went with you up to The place you grew up in We spent a week in the cold Just long enough to "Walden" it with you Any longer, it would have got... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
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  1. Sep 27, 2017
    100
    Stranger In The Alps alchemizes sorrow into redemptive beauty. It’s never about wallowing, but about slowly moving through it. That difference, played out over some incredible, wise-beyond-her-years songwriting, makes it one of the best albums of the year.
  2. Oct 3, 2017
    90
    As befits songs of mortality, yearning and loss, the tempo never really rises above a mild trot, with just the catchy chorus and crunchy guitar on Motion Sickness hinting at it being a breakthrough hit. Yet the downbeat atmosphere and fragile arrangements only serve to accentuate Bridgers’ strong, distinctive voice.
  3. Sep 19, 2017
    85
    While the individual elements of Stranger in the Alps are not particularly innovative, it is Bridgers' delivery that strikes at something unusually warm.
  4. 80
    Once the record's over, you'll feel like you’ve been dropped in a dark part of town after being left heartbroken--which is exactly what music like this should do.
  5. 80
    A kind of urban folksiness runs deep through the record, and the strummed softness of ‘Would You Rather’ even features Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst. The downbeat vibe is cut through by unmitigated banger ‘Motion Sickness’ but Strangers In The Alps is definitely album for the sad times.
  6. Dec 6, 2017
    70
    Front-loaded with a trio of deceptively powerful singles ("Smoke Signals," "Motion Sickness," and "Funeral"), the ten-track set loses some focus near the end, but Bridgers remains such a compelling presence throughout, that even her less immediate material bears weight.
  7. Sep 19, 2017
    60
    Which isn’t to say that she gets everything right--the new arrangements of both Killer and Georgia lack the immediacy of their originally released versions--but when she does, you can see her making a long career of this.

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  1. Mar 21, 2018
    10
    Love this album. Brilliant lyrics. Haunting melodies. "Georgia" "Smoke Signals" "Killer" ... highly recommended.

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