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84

Universal acclaim - based on 18 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 0 out of 18
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  1. Aug 23, 2022
    90
    Julia Jacklin is a unique talent. Know her. With PRE PLEASURE, Jacklin once again makes herself impossible to dismiss. She not only lives up to the hype, she deserves more of it.
  2. Uncut
    Aug 22, 2022
    90
    As a lyricist, she remains the understatement queen, “Let’s keep all our doctor’s appointments” from “Be Careful With Yourself” perhaps one of the most superbly subtle statements of devotion in recorded song. Nobody underdoes it better. [Sep 2022, p.26]
  3. Aug 22, 2022
    83
    Jacklin displays a newly developed maturity in PRE PLEASURE’s 10 near-perfect songs, while maintaining her talent for crafting hooky indie rock that often catches you off guard with its emotional weight.
  4. Aug 29, 2022
    81
    Though her debut album told us there’s virtue to having some miles on the soul, PRE PLEASURE kind of does the inverse: a more seasoned, matured artist letting the kid in herself win and giving herself permission to swing away at life.
  5. Aug 29, 2022
    80
    Written on keyboards rather than guitar, Pre Pleasure was recorded in Montreal with Marcus Paquin of the Weather Station; you can hear the uptick in arrangement and production in the painterly thrum of the instruments.
  6. Aug 26, 2022
    80
    Out of compassion, hopefully Jacklin has nothing but sunny days ahead. But her ability to rip out the listener’s heart and stomp it about a bit, on the dance floor or otherwise, will hopefully never leave her.
  7. Aug 26, 2022
    80
    This is Jacklin’s most personal offering yet and while the pain of mining her soul for such material is clear, through these diary-like confessionals, so too is her catharsis.
  8. Aug 25, 2022
    80
    Although Crushing is a hard act to follow, Jacklin pulls it off gracefully here, with an album whose dramatic arc and songs hold their own.
  9. 80
    Pre Pleasure is one of those rare records that reveals the whole artist, cheap kicks and all.
  10. Aug 25, 2022
    80
    Jacklin has an uncanny knack for documenting her generation’s anxieties and issues, and wrapping them up in songs you’ll be humming for weeks. She is quite the talent, and going by Pre Pleasure, she’ll be around for quite some time to come.
  11. Aug 24, 2022
    80
    While you’re trying to keep up with Jacklin’s detailed songwriting, you may miss what is going on behind her well-crafted melodies. On Pre Pleasure, her typical acoustic rock sound is intertwined with lush string sections and hints of experimentation.
  12. Aug 24, 2022
    80
    From start to finish, Julia has created a world entirely of her own - one which revels in representing her with unflinching honesty using a delicately-woven soundscape. Hers is a world where solace and solidarity are steeped into every brick.
  13. Mojo
    Aug 22, 2022
    80
    With every album, Jacklin is finding more of herself, strengthening her voice. It's complicated, but Pre Pleasure is a joy to hear. [Sep 2022, p.88]
  14. Aug 22, 2022
    80
    Jacklin spends most of Pre Pleasure offering captivatingly penetrating personal commentary, whether backed by distorted guitars or mere whispers of arrangements.
  15. Aug 22, 2022
    80
    Authentic, intricate and wholeheartedly personal, Julia Jacklin brims with poise at every turn on PRE PLEASURE.
  16. Aug 26, 2022
    74
    Pre Pleasure takes its time unwinding and occasionally leaves too much unsaid. Some songs drift away, setting a mood rather than communicating an idea. But when Jacklin allows the two to work in tandem, she excels.
  17. Aug 25, 2022
    70
    Whilst there are some bright gems for Jacklin fans interested in her ability to be vulnerable and confessional, there seems to be a whole lot of build-up – and not a lot of climax.
  18. 70
    Although PRE PLEASURE is stylistically leaps and bounds from debut album Don’t Let The Kids Win the tenderness and vulnerability of earlier Julia Jacklin albums isn’t lost.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Aug 30, 2022
    7
    A very solid album. Didn't think it would be my cup of tea but it's good. If you have the time, check it out.
  2. Aug 30, 2022
    9
    Very solid album from start to finish. Julia's melodies are truly a treat on the ears.
  3. Aug 26, 2022
    10
    In my top 5 albums of the year for sure. Flawless album, Julia sounds more like herself in this new album. Raw and emotional.