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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the Australian singer-songwriter was recorded in New Zealand with producer Ben Edwards.
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  • Record Label: Polyvinyl
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Alternative Country-Rock, Indie Folk
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Coming of Age
I gotta find myself a girl Who makes me wanna take on the world I gotta find myself a girl Who makes my straight toes curl See I had a life in my... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Oct 5, 2016
    80
    Don’t Let The Kids Win shines brightest for its clear, and charismatic narrative voice.
  2. 80
    Overall, this is sophisticated pop with a folky twist crowned by a heaven-sent voice.
  3. Oct 5, 2016
    80
    Altogether, the album's palette and Jacklin's cracking, pensive delivery land her in a sphere with heavy-hitters such as Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen, with a touch of Lucinda Williams, making it a must for fans of thoughtful indie folk.
  4. Oct 6, 2016
    80
    Don’t Let the Kids Win feels very much like one of those albums that will slowly creep into the affections of a large number of people; it’s that lovely.
  5. Nov 15, 2016
    80
    It's in examining her own life through different colored lenses that this album becomes something remarkable.
  6. 75
    On Don’t Let The Kids Win, Jacklin proves herself to be an unlikely alt-country heroine, delivering an impressive, if at times understated, album that shows she has enough wit and wisdom to fill up a canyon or two.
  7. Oct 5, 2016
    50
    As a whole the LP’s similar tempos and approach cause the whole thing to float by like a long-lost memory, nice when you’ve clasped on to it but soon it’ll be running through your fingers and out of sight.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. May 29, 2017
    10
    Amazing album. One of the best aussie albums in years. Althought some of the lesser songs are fillerish. The peaks of the album are sublime.Amazing album. One of the best aussie albums in years. Althought some of the lesser songs are fillerish. The peaks of the album are sublime. "Pool Party", "Don't let the Kids Win" and "Leadlight" are definite highlights Expand
  2. Jan 25, 2019
    9
    This is one of those albums that hits you between the eyes from an artist you have never heard of before. Lovely signing and country inspiredThis is one of those albums that hits you between the eyes from an artist you have never heard of before. Lovely signing and country inspired riffs, it sweeps you away until you have to listen to it everyday.. Here's hoping crushing her next album continues the greatness Expand
  3. Oct 14, 2016
    8
    This is the kind of album that makes you feel nostalgic about things you've never even experienced. Very soft and easy to listen to, overallThis is the kind of album that makes you feel nostalgic about things you've never even experienced. Very soft and easy to listen to, overall just a wonderful bunch of songs. Expand

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