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  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for the indie music project of Katie Crutchfield was produced by Brad Cook.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Mar 27, 2020
    100
    What songs these are, genuinely good enough to be compared with peak Dylan: like him, Crutchfield is adept at nestling into the almost comforting niche of heartache and hopping out again with a grin.
  2. 95
    It holds the best batch of Waxahatchee songs yet, with Crutchfield at her most candid, raw and clear-eyed. This is the work of someone who’s begun to write a bold new chapter in her life, and it’s special stuff.
  3. Mar 30, 2020
    90
    ‘Saint Cloud’ is the refreshed, reformed and matured Waxahatchee – and it’s glorious.
  4. Mar 25, 2020
    85
    Saint Cloud is an instinctual high-water mark for Crutchfield and clear early contender for end of the year lists.
  5. Mar 26, 2020
    80
    While alternating between regretful slower tracks, midtempo drawls, and livelier, foot-tapping fare, the album never moves off dirt roads and adjacent orchards, and proves to be her most carefree-sounding effort to date. That's despite doggedly self-examining lyrics that keep Saint Cloud squarely in the realm of prior releases from an artist who continues to ward off complacency.
  6. Mojo
    Mar 23, 2020
    80
    A thick braid of an album, each song a bundle of strands interweaving with next. [May 2020, p.94]
  7. Mar 30, 2020
    60
    There’s a sharpness in these songs that still unsettles. It’s there in Crutchfield’s vocals, louder and fiercer than before, and on songs such as Fire, which is also difficult to love. Her lyrics, tackling subjects including addiction and self-hatred, often feel too verbose, but they become surprising and refreshing on closer listen.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. i94
    Mar 27, 2020
    10
    It's a shame all the Dua Lipa fans are tanking this album's user score—you can support your fav without being an arse to another (I happen toIt's a shame all the Dua Lipa fans are tanking this album's user score—you can support your fav without being an arse to another (I happen to love both!). That being said, Saint Cloud is 2020's best so far. Its timing couldn't be better—it feels like the level-headed enlightenment we need in these dark times. The entire album feels like sunlight hitting your face. Standouts are "Fire," "Oxbox," and the three closing tracks—but there's not one bad song on this album. I imagine that this album feels like the collective joy we'll all feel whenever this pandemic subsides. Until then, we have Saint Cloud. And for that, I am grateful. Expand
  2. Mar 28, 2020
    10
    best waxahatchee album in years!!!!!!!!!!!!!! saint cloud is a masterpiece.
  3. Mar 27, 2020
    10
    Hey Dua Lipa fans if you’re intentionally tanking this album’s score, grow up. Dua would be horrified to learn you’re using her name to tearHey Dua Lipa fans if you’re intentionally tanking this album’s score, grow up. Dua would be horrified to learn you’re using her name to tear down other women. Expand
  4. Mar 28, 2020
    9
    this is a real stunning folk rock gem
    after her past few projects, which have felt a bit more indie-pop inflected, this one feels the most
    this is a real stunning folk rock gem
    after her past few projects, which have felt a bit more indie-pop inflected, this one feels the most organic and rootsy. and by being just that, it earns the title of Waxahatchee's best album thus far! her voice just sounds stronger and stronger too

    key tracks: Can't Do Much, Fire, Lilacs, The Eye, War, Ruby Falls
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  5. Mar 29, 2020
    9
    One of those beautiful, rare albums that gives you more with each listen. As a cohesive whole, it is a splendid achievement.
  6. Mar 29, 2020
    9
    I was amazed by this album and Waxahatchee, in general. I loved the poetic and abstract tone of several of the songs in the album as well asI was amazed by this album and Waxahatchee, in general. I loved the poetic and abstract tone of several of the songs in the album as well as the real stories of her and the people around her. Definitely going to be one of the best albums of 2020. Expand
  7. Mar 27, 2020
    6
    Katie Crutchfield has an..interesting voice . The lyrics are good. The music is ok albeit simplistic. A mix of alternative and Americana.Katie Crutchfield has an..interesting voice . The lyrics are good. The music is ok albeit simplistic. A mix of alternative and Americana. Waxahatchie is the kind of band that would be great in a small club. Expand

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