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i dont know who needs to hear this...


i dont know who needs to hear this...

Second album from Kentucky singer-songwriter Sarah Beth Tomberlin

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  1. 10.0 |   The Skinny

    Tomberlin writes songs like they’re talk-therapy sessions, and in turn, her self-soothing becomes a tonic for the listener
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  2. 10.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Even the barest moments – the soft, occasional breath of a piano or lonely saxophone – feel incredibly powerful, even intimidating
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  3. 9.0 |   All Music

    Older, wiser, and more ambitious than on her collegiate debut, Tomberlin finds a musical artistry on i don't know who needs to hear this… that rises to the level of her lyrical perceptiveness
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  4. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    A Tomberlin song is a winding road, making use of negative space — grander and more resonant than ever on i don't know who needs to hear this… — and having reverence for the journey of the loose threads on their unpredictable weave to create a whole
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  5. 8.4 |   Paste Magazine

    The indie-folk artist’s new album finds her elevating her sound while sacrificing none of its power
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  6. 8.3 |   Beats Per Minute

    Finds her writing with such story-like clarity and honesty that it sometimes feels like she’s writing about herself as the protagonist in her work, rather than herself and her actual life
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  7. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Tomberlin has come a long way in the four years since we met her, and this is her best yet
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  8. 8.0 |   Mojo

    If 2018's fragile debut At Weddings tended to become lost in the beautifully abstract mists as the Pastor's daughter explored faith and its losses, I Don't Know Who Needs to Hear This... navigates using sharper corners and edges. Print edition only

  9. 7.8 |   Pitchfork

    Sweeter and more inviting than anything she’s done before, the second-full length by Sarah Beth Tomberlin finds peace in the unraveling
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  10. 7.8 |   Spectrum Culture

    Sadness in small doses can be life-affirming, and Tomberlin's latest this manages to balance the bleak with the beautiful--which are often the same things
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  11. 7.3 |   Northern Transmissions

    In an album that takes minimalism to its extreme, Tomberlin’s down-to-earth writing is an antidote to modern worries
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  12. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Tomberlin's second long-player seems to semi-consciously urge you to move along – nothing to hear here. Yet it creates its own slow-burning allure on repeated listens. Print edition only

  13. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Tomberlin’s songs on i don’t know who needs to hear this seem to dwell in a space where time doesn’t pass. There’s something cosmic about the experience
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  14. 6.5 |   Under The Radar

    In spite of the album’s strongest passages, at its beginning and, then again, most of the way through, i don’t know is assembled in such a way as to echo times of seeming confidence against those of feeling lost that can leave the listener in a confounding spot
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