Friday, December 13, 2019

Ken's Best of 2019 - #3: Julia Jacklin - Crushing

Back in 2016, Julia Jacklin's fantastic album Don't Let the Kids Win just narrowly missed out on being in my top ten of that year. In hindsight, it probably should have. This year's Crushing was even better and is my third favorite album of the year. Crushing is a much better showcase of what we love about Jacklin, but more confident as a musician and songwriter. In a short time she has mastered this blend of singer-songwriter Americana meets indie rock. Her show back in April at Great Scott could have also helped me become so obsessed with Crushing this year. Seeing the relatively quiet song "Head Alone" turn into a complete anthem for the young women in attendance with the line "I don't want to be touched all the time / I raise my body up to be mine" was a powerful moment. There's a reason she jumped from the 220 capacity Great Scott to the 900 seat Somerville Theater in November. Crushing is a huge moment for her, and we all need to jump on this bandwagon.

Songs of note: "Body," "Head Alone," "Pressure to Party," and "Don't Know How to Keep Loving You"

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