Julia Jacklin

Crushing

2019

This album was released 12 weeks ago.

84% ±8% 20 reviews
# Song 4WIM
1 Body
2 Head Alone
3 Pressure To Party
4 Don't Know How To Keep Loving You
5 When The Family Flies In
6 Convention
7 Good Guy
8 You Were Right
9 Turn Me Down
10 Comfort
Rating Source
84% 4WIM Rating
100% Soundblab The album opens with a brooding drum and bass and a barely heard guitar.  Jacklin’s vocals on ‘Body’ perfectly capture the exhaustion and utter exasperation of the song’s story.  Detailing an aborted flight due to her boyfriend lighting up in the airplane's bathroom, she comes to the realization “I’m not a good woman when you’re around”.  But what hits harder is the following line “that’s when the sound came in” pointing to the liberation the prior line summons up.  The following two songs recall the rockier textures of Kids and the Phantastics, but the rollicking ‘Pressure to Party’ thematically has more in common with Courtney Barnett’s ‘Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go to the Party’.  Staying in to avoid returning to the wrong spot makes perfect sense in Jacklin’s reasoning (“I know where you live, I used to live there too”).  The other livelier song on the album, ‘You Were Right’, may be the first song ever about admitting the error of your ways when fessing up to loving a recommended band or restaurant.  It’s a fun mix of admitting you were wrong paired with a classic kiss off.
100% Nöjesguiden Hos Julia Jacklin får man göra fel och det får skava eller låta konstigt för det gör absolut ingenting.
100% The Telegraph
90% God is in the TV Julia has been humiliated for the final time, seen herself become a person she doesn’t want to be, broken the chain of behaviour, allowed herself to be exposed, even dared that person to do it.“Crushing” in every possible connotation of the word.
90% Loud & Quiet She’d worked the open mic nights of Sydney’s folk scene for five years, harmonised in groups, formed country rock bands, obsessed over Britney Spears and Avril Lavigne when she was a kid.
86% Paste Magazine Julia Jacklin’s Crushing is a striking search for self, a call to upend that which tethers you down.
85% The Line of Best Fit Having delved into the trials of broken relationships and quarter life crises on her debut LP, she returns with sophomore release Crushing, offering ten tracks loaded with enough arcs to fill a Game of Thrones episode.
80% Consequence of Sound The sadness and regret on “Comfort” is an almost discomforting way to end the album, but it’s also a reminder of how human and complex Jacklin’s narrative strives to be.
80% Exclaim! Music The album closes out with a tender elegy, "Comfort," and the painful insight that "I can't be the one to hold him, I'm the one who left."
80% Irish Times
80% The Guardian In the rollicking You Were Right, reminiscent of Liz Phair or Courtney Barnett, she deftly skewers the sort of boyfriend who gets a kick out of “educating”, exulting in visiting his favourite restaurants and listening to his favourite bands alone and on her own terms.
80% DIY Magazine First record ‘Don’t Let The Kids Win’ often seemed like a angsty lament on growing up and lost youth, with Julia Jacklin making a name for herself as a newcomer with a talent for writing rich indie songs with a country slant.
80% New Musical Express Adopting someone else’s music tastes, favourite restaurants and reading their most beloved books, Jacklin concludes, just isn’t worth it.
80% The Skinny The title of her new record Crushing gives a glimpse into the refined atmosphere she sets to conjure this time round.
80% The 405 Many a songwriter has tortured themselves to twist and turn these experiences into new metaphorical shapes, but Jacklin has resisted.
80% Music OMH A jangly hymn to personal space and body autonomy (“I don’t want to be touched all the time, I raised my body up to be mine” runs the addictive chorus), it’s one of those songs that you find yourself coming back to time and time again.
80% Clash The restrained and unchanging rhythm pulls the listener along as Julia Jacklin sings a tale of romance unravelling on a flight.
75% Under the Radar Magazine The Australian's lyrical confidence has grown and she uses that as a palette to lay out her vulnerability on new album Crushing.
75% Earbuddy The only reason “Body” isn’t the best song of 2019 is that it was secretly the best song of 2018, being released late in the year.
70% Pop Matters In each song, she dives deep into the human experience, into the tensions that underlie everyday life.