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  • Summary: The third full-length release for Michelle Zauner was inspired in part by Bjork's Homogenic and Wilco's Summerteeth.
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  1. Jun 4, 2021
    100
    ‘Jubilee’ finds its creator older and wiser with melody, lyrics and storytelling pulling focus in a fashion that cements Michelle Zauner as a true creative force to be reckoned with. From here on out, Japanese Breakfast can go anywhere and we’ll follow.
  2. Jun 4, 2021
    93
    It takes all the things that have always served Japanese Breakfast well — Zauner’s awareness of her voice and how best to deploy it, her knack for narrative and story as well as great hooks — and offers them fresh soil in which to grow.
  3. Jun 8, 2021
    90
    This album certainly is a rush, and it’s also the best Japanese Breakfast album to date.
  4. Jun 2, 2021
    85
    Jubilee’s 10 songs arrive fully baked, frosted with bigger beats and softer swirls, all stacked carefully on top of each other.
  5. Jun 11, 2021
    80
    The album isn’t uplifting in a simplistic sense. Often, it’s blotted with shadows. In her lyrics, Zauner has a fondness for zig-zagging from ebullient to devastating, often when you least expect it (“With my luck you’ll be dead within the year / I’ve come to expect it,” she croons on ‘In Hell’). And yet at a molecular level, Jubilee is a rush.
  6. Jun 2, 2021
    80
    Japanese Breakfast’s latest LP Jubilee is the project’s most ecstatic-sounding album to date, although one glance at the lyrics will tell you that Zauner isn’t done excavating the thornier aspects of dependency, devotion, and longing.
  7. Uncut
    Jun 2, 2021
    70
    These are smart, confident and mostly fine-boned songs, though epic closer “Posing For Cars” leans on a lachrymose, slow-mo, alt.rock guitar passage. [Jul 2021, p.27]

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  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
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  1. Jun 4, 2021
    10
    Paprika is a stunning open to this outstanding album. Listening to it is like going to a parade. You've been to parades before, but you don'tPaprika is a stunning open to this outstanding album. Listening to it is like going to a parade. You've been to parades before, but you don't remember the floats being this big and colorful or the smiles being this wide and joyful. It's the first bite of a juicy and sweet fruit: tastier and more refreshing than you remembered it being.
    This feeling holds throughout the 10 gorgeous tracks. Tracks such as Sit and In Hell sound like something that would fit into Zauner's previous two albums, but they're fuller, more confident, and stronger than before.
    The album closes with the evocative Posing for Cars. Zauner's vocals have never been this emotive and the bittersweet yearning bubbling beneath the surface of the album through songs such as Kokomo, In and Posing In Bondage reaches its catharsis with an illustrious and glittering instrumental. This evokes the feeling of finally finishing your last bite of fruit. You've realized that with the embracing of its sweetness came a bitterness and toughness. Perhaps you wish you could share it with someone else, but they might not appreciate it like you do. But you don't regret eating it and you desire more.

    I've never considered an album to be a 10/10. Even my favorite albums have aspects that I might think could've been executed in a way that would've worked better. But Jubilee is truly a different beast. I've been devouring it for the past few days (got the vinyl release early) and cannot think of a single thing I would change about it.
    If you haven't yet listened to it, do yourself the favor. And when you do, make sure you truly savor it. Close your eyes. Feel each instrument and word fill your body. And you will find yourself enjoying a truly delicious meal.
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  2. Jun 5, 2021
    10
    2021 is finally starting to sound good with records like this, undoubtedly a 10 out of 10.
  3. Jun 4, 2021
    10
    This album is amazing, it exceeded my expectations. Japanese breakfast is one of the best artists of the moment
  4. Jun 15, 2021
    10
    album of the year. i made an account just to say that. honestly have never used this website before.
  5. Jun 19, 2021
    9
    Eu achei um álbum tão reconfortante, as letras são muito honestas sobre superação e inseguranças, sobre ser feliz e querer ser feliz. É umEu achei um álbum tão reconfortante, as letras são muito honestas sobre superação e inseguranças, sobre ser feliz e querer ser feliz. É um álbum q saber manter o ritmo e eu me perco nas melodias e na produção com aquelas guitarras, trompetes e saxofones

    Melhores Faixas:
    -Slide Tackle
    -Be Sweet
    -Posing In Bondage
    -In Hell
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  6. Jun 8, 2021
    8
    In a shimmering delight, Japanese Breakfast captures the essence of joy and exuberance with pulsing synth and driving guitar on Jubilee. It isIn a shimmering delight, Japanese Breakfast captures the essence of joy and exuberance with pulsing synth and driving guitar on Jubilee. It is an album framed with references from so many genres: it’s a triumph they play off one another so naturally. The album even tackles more complex themes, like dependence and distance, in a way that juxtaposes the difficult with a certain charming glow. Standouts include the thrilling lifts of “Be Sweet,” frank desire of “Posing in Bondage,” and inspired closing track “Posing for Cars.” Expand
  7. Jun 10, 2021
    4
    Very slow, boring and at parts terribly generic sounding. Disappointing release after the promising "Soft Sounds from Another Planet". I likedVery slow, boring and at parts terribly generic sounding. Disappointing release after the promising "Soft Sounds from Another Planet". I liked the songs Paprika, Be Sweet and In Hell but that's it. Expand

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