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Cerulean Salt

Waxahatchee Audio CD
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Katie Crutchfield is a natural writer of hyper-personal, heart-wrenching songs. Since picking up guitar as a teenager, with an assortment of melodic punk bands and solo songwriting projects, she’s demonstrated a gift for eloquently articulating the sorts of complex emotions that typically seem too confusing for words. Last year, Crutchfield released her debut full-length album under the ... Read more in Amazon's Waxahatchee Store

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  • Audio CD (1 July 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wichita Recordings
  • ASIN: B00CTNKTH0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,304 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Hollow Bedroom 1:510.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Dixie Cups and Jars 3:360.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Lips and Limbs 2:370.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Blue Pt. II [Explicit] 2:190.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Brother Bryan 2:360.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Coast to Coast 1:460.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Tangled Envisioning 2:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Misery Over Dispute 1:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Lively 2:320.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Waiting 1:410.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Swan Dive 3:140.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Peace and Quiet 2:370.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. You're Damaged 3:330.79  Buy MP3 


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pass It Around Like A Secret: Wax A Cat, Bee! 18 Mar 2013
Format:Audio CD
Last year's "American weekend" was a slow and subtle collection of lo-fi acoustic songs.
It held some real beauties, like "Catfish", "Grass stain" and "Bathtub" and was recorded
at her parents home during a single week in the winter. Pretty poor sound quality couldn't
ruin the impression of a major talent at work.

On "Cerulean Salt" she enlists the help of a three-piece band and the result is an album
with few flaws. The opening five songs make up for a perfect succession of songs, maybe
with "Brother Bryan" as the shiniest among them, and it's not much on it worth skipping.
I think the up-tempo rockers are the weakest tracks. By no means bad songs, they remind
me of another good album; Belly's "Star", but I still think these songs doesn't suit
her as well as the slow ones.

Cat Power is maybe the most obvious reference point here, and it will surprise me if this
doesn't go down especially well with people who have a soft spot for the "Moon Pix" album.
In some ways she can also be likened to Nina Nastasia.

4.5 stars. Beautiful stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blue moods 30 Mar 2014
Format:Audio CD
An excellent album from Waxahatchee which is basically just Katie Crutchfield on vocals/guitars with a few friends helping out.
It's 13 short tracks (only 3 exceed 3 minutes) of very sparse & intimate music carried mostly by just Katie's emotive voice and suitable bursts of guitar when needed.
Her voice is very evocative of a lot of female singers from late 80s/early 90s bands such as Throwing Muses (Kristin Hersh), Bratmobile, Shannon Wright, Kathleen Hanna etc etc and is quite breathy on quiet tracks e.g 'lips and limbs' (which has some nice twangy guitar) going up through plaintive/heartfelt on many tracks to getting quite shouty on 'misery over dispute'.
There's a duet with her sister Allison on 'Blue Pt 11' beautifully sounding like The Breeders when they were having some quieter moments.
It's a fine album, if somewhat downbeat, and worthy of 9 out of 10.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mumblecore Masterpiece 2 July 2013
By Gannon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
There are two types of song on Katie Crutchfield`s Cerulean Salt - the same type of hyper-intimate girl-and-guitar lo-fi as made her debut American Weekend memorable, and - with the inclusion of electric guitar and the barest bones of a band - spikier early-90s rock in the vein of, say, all the bands that Yuck owe royalties too. On both strains though you can just tell she's the sort of songwriter for whom lyrics are scribbled under lock and key whilst sat protectively in some bookish corner. As a result, you overhear certain of her tracks as you might by passing a school's music room after hours. It's almost voyeuristic at times, but it's this same quality that has given Crutchfield her sleeping, creeping success to date.

If this all sounds like a cliché, then it's only because Crutchfield evokes such achingly familiar imagery that you feel some of her songs have been around for years and that you and she are in some way star-crossed. Midway through the opener, "Hollow Bedroom", you'll realise you're transfixed, totally in love with the hometown girl that sits cross-legged at the foot of her bed. The cutesy, near-spoken "Lips And Limbs" too seems ripped straight from the set of some mumblecore masterpiece, such as may have starred a young Zooey Deschanel. So is it also a track that bleeds a little Rilo Kiley/ Jenny Lewis-brand alt-country into the mix, a sound that "Brother Bryan" will later take and slowly dismember with super-crude bass and rickety percussion. On "Peace And Quiet", she'll even manage to harness some of Neutral Milk Hotel`s classic tumbling themes and universal truths.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT 6 July 2013
By FL7
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
saw Waxahatchee with T+S last month and I was extremely impressed. Her voice is flawless, lyrics are great and the music is too!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 9 Mar 2013
By llamatitan - Published on Amazon.com
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I fell in love with her the first song I heard, and it gets better with every listen. Her lyrics are astounding, her voice is beautiful, and the album is overall one of my favorites of the past year.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stop-and-go 21 July 2013
By Markus Rauchenwald - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Hers is a rural poetry, unhurried and ornate, where things like Dixie cups and jars, trips from coast to coast, uncharted parks at night, red forests and water figure into relationships. She carries over the minimalism from her great debut, and amps it up. What was once only unbearably haunting now has some rhythm too. As for content, people are still damaged.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Fan 12 Mar 2013
By Zoe - Published on Amazon.com
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Waxahatchee is one of my all time favorite artists. I highly recommend her first album, American Weekend, and her stuff she did with the band P.S. Eliot.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album and a Different Feel 19 Feb 2014
By Danger - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought American Weekend on the recommendation of All Songs Considered and loved it, but I was a bit worried that what I loved about Waxahatchee would be lost with more production on Cerulean Salt. Happy to report that I was wrong. Great escape record.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pass It Around Like A Secret: Wax A Cat, Bee! 14 Mar 2013
By Hilton Royale - Published on Amazon.com
Last year's "American weekend" was a slow and subtle collection of lo-fi acoustic songs.
It held some real beauties, like "Catfish", "Grass stain" and "Bathtub" and was recorded
at her parents home during a single week in the winter. Pretty poor sound quality couldn't
ruin the impression of a major talent at work.

On "Cerulean Salt" she enlists the help of a three-piece band and the result is an album
with few flaws. The opening five songs make up for a perfect succession of songs, maybe
with "Brother Bryan" as the shiniest among them, and it's not much on it worth skipping.
I think the up-tempo rockers are the weakest tracks. By no means bad songs, they remind
me of another good album; Belly's "Star", but I still think these songs doesn't suit
her as well as the slow ones.

Cat Power is maybe the most obvious reference point here, and it will surprise me if this
doesn't go down especially well with people who have a soft spot for the "Moon Pix" album.
In some ways she can also be likened to Nina Nastasia.

4.5 stars. Beautiful stuff.
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