Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Orchestral manoeuvres in the dark

Anthony Fantano isn't always right, but I think he is when it comes to Julien Baker's Turn Out The Lights. Her voice, while undoubtedly very strong, isn't particularly distinctive or unique compared to those of others; the instrumentation isn't always that exciting or innovative; and many of the songs trace a similar trajectory.

And yet somehow none of those things seem to detract from a record that I keep going back to time and again. Clearly Turn Out The Lights has got something about it that takes hold and won't let go.

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