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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Australian singer-songwriter was produced by Burke Reid.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 26
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 26
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  1. 100
    Grunge-rinsed, feminist-flipped, upcycled Fifties guitar an’ all: Crushing is a triumph.
  2. Mar 1, 2019
    88
    That sense of surprise, the risk-taking of an artist daring to dig for truth, no matter how inconvenient or uncomfortable it might be, isn’t something to be taken for granted. That it informs every song suggests that “Crushing” is likely to become one of the year’s enduring albums.
  3. 85
    Even though many breakup references are scattered throughout Crushing, a strong sense of emotional progression is also woven in, flipping the narrative to be more positive in parts. Vivid lyricism personifies the album title in each track.
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    Feb 19, 2019
    80
    A family of songs that are strikingly evocative, but never overwrought. [Mar 2019, p.25]
  5. Feb 21, 2019
    80
    Crushing is riveting right from the spare, noir-tinged opening track, "Body," which remembers the moment Jacklin decided to leave the relationship after her partner got them thrown off a flight.
  6. Feb 19, 2019
    80
    Unpacking messy feelings over delicate guitars, Crushing may have been born from a place of confusion, but Julia Jacklin’s voice sounds clearer than ever.
  7. Feb 20, 2019
    70
    Life, love, heartbreak: none of it is particularly novel as musical material, but on Crushing, Julia Jacklin lets us learn from her experiences with her heart on her sleeve. There is a valuable perspective here, and truly moving music.

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  1. Jul 23, 2020
    10
    Stunning album. "Don't Know How To Keep Loving You", "Body" and "Comfort" are superb songs.
  2. Feb 24, 2019
    9
    This album is so goddamn good it's not really fair. "Don't Know How To Keep Loving You" will be in my head well past the three month mark.
  3. May 27, 2020
    7
    On my first listen I was leaning towards thinking this sounded a bit too like Angel Olsen's early stuff. After a few more spins I realised IOn my first listen I was leaning towards thinking this sounded a bit too like Angel Olsen's early stuff. After a few more spins I realised I was being unfair to this record. Of course there are similarities with other indie folk singers but reference points have a limited use when it comes to enjoyment of the music. Jacklin nails the downbeat lyrics/upbeat melody trick and generally when she goes for it. Lyrically, it is captivating but easy to miss these as well. The highlights are excellent. Expand
  4. Mar 1, 2019
    7
    Crushing exposes Julia Jacklin's raw talent, with the lamest composition possible. She told some emotional stories, but she let them pass inCrushing exposes Julia Jacklin's raw talent, with the lamest composition possible. She told some emotional stories, but she let them pass in the wind so people will eventually forget about it. Expand
  5. Feb 23, 2019
    5
    i'm going to be blunt and say that this album is boring. It's not that Julia Jacklin doesn't have talent, she does, but the material here isi'm going to be blunt and say that this album is boring. It's not that Julia Jacklin doesn't have talent, she does, but the material here is mediocre. Half the album is forgettable and the other half (Don't Know How To Keep Loving You, Body, Pressure To Party, to name the few), you will forget in 3 months. While her writing is honest and introvertedly expressive - which is all fine and well - there is nothing in the music to want to make me listen a second time. No doubt there are those few that will relate to this album but I suspect for the vast majority, this album isn't a compelling enough reason for them to want to give it a try. Expand