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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter was co-produced with Rob Ellis.
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Sprinter
ord of life, I'm so retreat I picked it up and took a swing My pastor told us don't you worry Even he has found his glory Why, why's a sprinter... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. May 5, 2015
    92
    Sprinter crackles and explodes, with a dynamic range that’d make Steve Albini blush.
  2. May 14, 2015
    90
    Ellis’s production creates little tornados of reverb and percussion to surround Scott’s voice; the song gains sinister power from its slow, anxious simmer and its carefully chosen mini-explosions.
  3. 83
    Each song works on its own terms, but many of the songs don’t seem to share terms.
  4. May 1, 2015
    80
    An album that frequently feels to be about growing pains, Sprinter may, like its predecessor, not quite be Mackenzie Scott's defining moment. All the same, it shows enough promise that we should take that as a profound positive. [May 2015, p.68]
  5. May 7, 2015
    80
    Scott fully inhabits her loudest moments by inching towards post-rock and synth-rock.
  6. May 12, 2015
    70
    Sprinter, her second album, confronts relationships past and present, in songs that sound bravely open, even if it’s not immediately clear what’s on her mind.
  7. Under The Radar
    May 1, 2015
    60
    Scott is at her best on Sprinter when she loosens the reins and lets her musical roots coalesce with her newer preferred sounds in smaller, more subtle ways. [Apr-May 2015, p.87]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. May 5, 2015
    9
    Since I listened her first album, I was intrigued. McKenzie Scott is really great at creating moods and momentums for a song, and the way thatSince I listened her first album, I was intrigued. McKenzie Scott is really great at creating moods and momentums for a song, and the way that she expresses exactly what she feels is just amazing. In Sprinter, we get a lot of that, and also a demonstration of what it's going to be a succesful career, I hope. Expand
  2. May 5, 2015
    9
    A confessional of religious upbringing affecting who you are as an adult and how that upbringing can make you second guess who you areA confessional of religious upbringing affecting who you are as an adult and how that upbringing can make you second guess who you are compared to who you were. Songwriting full of imagery and plenty of lyrics that stick with you for the moment longer that you feel it should. Powerful and meaningful. Should be on a lot of top album lists by the end of the year. Expand
  3. Jun 3, 2015
    6
    Torres is a strong songwriter and vocalist, but I believe the instrumentation and production were her downfall on Sprinter. Though it doesTorres is a strong songwriter and vocalist, but I believe the instrumentation and production were her downfall on Sprinter. Though it does have some great songs, namely the singles "Strange Hellos" and "New Skin", there are others that are hampered by unpleasant sounds, like "Son, You are No Island" and "Cowboy Guilt." I adored her first album for its melodies and lyrical nuances, and this album does have that - it just lacks the sonic backdrop to back it up. Expand