Snail Mail – Lush (album review)

by Woody on June 15, 2018

Lindsey Jordan is seven years older than my daughter. A daughter who’s binge-watching The Office and Community and figuring out social media (under the watchful eyes of mom and dad). Between her Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker, Matador Records has a triumvirate of ladies that are legitimately young enough to be my daughter; yet produce music that can buckle my knees. To be honest, it kind of freaks me out a bit.

But enough about my daily struggles with old age. Jordan’s music deftly balances the fragility of being a teenager with the composed self-confidence of someone much older than 19; a trait shared by the artists I mentioned. As my daughter continues to get older, I find listening to these artists even more compelling than I did when I was in my teens or twenties.

All of that wouldn’t matter if the songwriting and execution wasn’t excellent. In addition to Jordan’s deft songwriting and vocals, she is a quality guitarist as well. Taught by Mary Timony, Jordan displays an adept and diverse scope of talent throughout the album. (She is also a scrapper in the corners as well.)

The album focuses on her teen years – the breakups, the shitty and awkward situations, the highs and lows of it all. While I am what seems to be a lifetime away from those years, I have the aforementioned daughter that is just entering this phase, which I suppose is why this album resonates with me. It is almost as if Jordan has looked into the future and let me know what I’ll be dealing with in the not too distant future. Songs like Heat Wave, Let’s Find An Out and the closer Anytime are among my favorites on an overall stunning debut.

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