Mar 27, 2020Saint Cloud offers us the best possible version of Crutchfield she could possibly give us. The record is made by someone who was always whispering, finally having the confidence and courage to speak up and sing unrestrained. It demands to be listened to.
Q MagazineMar 23, 2020This utterly beautiful balm of a record feels less like a confessional, and more a vessel for warmth, serenity and worldly wisdom. [May 2020, p.114]
Mar 26, 2020While 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.
Mar 30, 2020There’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.
Mar 27, 2020It'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
Mar 27, 2020Hey 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
Apr 1, 2020I wasn't a big fan of Waxahatchee before this album, although I really liked Crutchfield's previous work with P.S. Eliot.
This album is aI wasn't a big fan of Waxahatchee before this album, although I really liked Crutchfield's previous work with P.S. Eliot.
This album is a massive leap forward which has changed my view on the band completely. It is certainly the best album of 2020 so far, maybe of the last five years.
This album is very, very close to being a masterpiece. When listening I felt there were just a couple of missteps here or there but largely it was amazing work. Opening the album with Oxbow, which was one of the weaker songs on the album in my view, was one such misstep. Not that Oxbow is a bad song by any stretch, but not the best work on display here and it is somewhat tonally inconsistent with the rest of the album, so the transition into "Can't Do Much" was a bit jarring.
For the rest of the album I was completely immersed start to finish.
"Fire" is Waxahatchee's best single by a long, long stretch. The title track "St. Cloud" is probably Waxahatchee's second best song. "Lilacs", "Can't Do Much", "Witches", "War", and "Ruby Falls" are all spectacular.
The genre-mixing straddles the borders of indie folk with some pop-country and Americana in places, but it just barely touches those genres without beating you over the head. Waxahatchee was always going for that but in my opinion it didn't all come together as intended until this album.
St. Cloud never overstays its welcome or does too much or too little, and like all the greats it makes the achievement here look very simple while beneath the surface you know it is anything but.
Nothing on this album is un-listenable. I enjoyed myself through every single track.....very few artists are able to maintain that through a complete album.
Highly recommended.… Expand
Mar 28, 2020this 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 mostthis 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… Expand
Mar 30, 2020Early contender for one of the years best! We needed this album right here, right now. The sound is now, the sound is timeless, we’ll beEarly contender for one of the years best! We needed this album right here, right now. The sound is now, the sound is timeless, we’ll be listening to this forever.… Expand
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