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Out In The Storm


Out In The Storm

The fourth full-length from the New York City-via-Alabama indie singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield produced by John Agnello (The Hold Steady, Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth)

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  1. 10.0 |   A.V. Club

    Each Waxahatchee album has felt like a big step forward, and Out In The Storm feels like the biggest one yet
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  2. 9.1 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Though the title may convey a sense of anxiety, a few spins of the album will reveal that Out in the Storm is a bold declaration of facing the unknown with a brave face
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  3. 9.0 |   The Music

    Another high watermark from an artist who probably owes the world a dud
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  4. 9.0 |   Clash

    There’s still moments of fragility that populate the record (‘Fade’), but for the most part it’s a brazen and self-assured release, and it’s all the better for it
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  5. 8.2 |   Earbuddy

    Waxahatchee records her best album by meeting the listener on their own turf
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  6. 8.2 |   Pitchfork

    The polished production and urgent performances ensure her exorcisms about the end of a relationship are deeply felt
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  7. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Some of Crutchfield's biggest rock'n'roll anthems yet
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  8. 8.0 |   Crack

    Essential listening for anyone experiencing these upheavals, and a brilliant record for anyone else
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  9. 8.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    “8 Ball,” an utterly summer song, is Crutchfield’s best one yet
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  10. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    With a record this good, it'll be hard for Waxahatchee to top, but one can't help but wonder what's coming next
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  11. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Marks an unsteady but definite musical and personal transformation
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  12. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Waxahatchee releases her strongest selection of songs to date on open and honest fourth record
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  13. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Waxahatchee’s latest reinvention is her noisiest and least apologetic yet
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  14. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    For Crutchfield it’s cathartic; for the rest of us it’s captivating
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  15. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Crutchfield’s vocals are a thing apart: part Juliana Hatfield, part Feist, but ultimately all her own, she’s as much at home with amps at 11 as she is with the come hither whisper of a confidante
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  16. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    More confident and accessible than ever
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  17. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Recorded with Dinosaur Jr and Sonic Youth collaborator John Agnello, there’s no filler among these 10 songs
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  18. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    As expected, it’s a stellar album. What else would Crutchfield do?
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  19. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Painful as they may be, Crutchfield's lyrics are perfect all over her fourth album. Instantaneously direct, but not without using imagery that is both recognisable and relatable
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  20. 8.0 |   DIY

    The elements needed to make Katie Crutchfield one of the greatest songwriters in indie rock have always been present, just not slotted together perfectly
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  21. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Far too self-aware for her own good, Crutchfield is nonetheless becoming one of indie rock’s finest songwriters – it’s a privilege to witness this talent as it continues to bloom
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  22. 8.0 |   All Music

    With Crutchfield as forthright as ever and collaborators suited to drive home her position, Out in the Storm hits with as much strength as emotion
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  23. 8.0 |   Prefix

    Katie Crutchfield finds a fresh anger and resilience on her lean, rocking new record
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  24. 8.0 |   Punk News

    It's tough to get through in terms of lyrics, but musically Waxahatchee deliver yet another piece of art
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  25. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Songs are steeped in creeping '90s guitar with ear-catching lyrics, plus a sense of vibrancy that comes from the fact Crutchfield really does have something to say. Print edition only

  26. 8.0 |   The FT

    A break-up album delivered in a tone of laid-back disaffection reminiscent of 1990s US alt-rock
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  27. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Katie Crutchfield returns more vulnerable and open than ever as a songwriter
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  28. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Vulnerable and incisive introspection
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  29. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Each song is as grueling as it is thrilling
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  30. 6.0 |   NOW

    The best example of Waxahatchee’s indelible presence shows up on 8 Ball, where everything seems turned up loud but everyone is playing quietly and carefully, Crutchfield’s voice a few notches above a whisper
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  31. 6.0 |   Mojo

    A record that exudes the glee and relief of emotional recovery. Print edition only

  32. 6.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Katie Crutchfield runs out of new things to say well before Out in the Storm ends
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  33. 6.0 |   The 405

    She just needed to take a couple more steps to turn what could have been an unfinished masterpiece into a complete work
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