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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for 18-year-old British indie rock singer-songwriter Lindsey Jordan was produced by Jake Aron.
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Jun 8, 2018
    91
    The crushing sameness of the existence described in Snail Mail’s music means that not every song on Lush is essential, but when Jordan hits, she hits a bullseye.
  2. Jun 8, 2018
    87
    Throughout the record, each line is given its own story. Every vocal feels deeply considered and felt, yet nothing is over-rehearsed. She knows precisely when to dial in and when to dial back, when to fully commit to her longing and when to step back and shake her head at it.
  3. Jun 7, 2018
    80
    Jordan exudes a level of confidence that’s all her own, never once flinching at the opportunity to reveal her feelings and insecurities, and it’s her insight and level-headedness that take her music beyond catchy earworms.
  4. Jun 6, 2018
    80
    The best indie rock songs can often lean on the shorter side, giving in to the sugar rush of instantly memorable riffs. But Jordan has no qualms about letting her songs draw out, as they do on Lush. That’s because she always has something important to say and it’s worth listening.
  5. Jun 8, 2018
    80
    The heady and patient brand of indie rock that Lush is built upon will undoubtedly perk the ears of fans of Soccer Mommy and Japanese Breakfast-but you get the sense that Jordan's astounding songwriting ability is what truly makes Snail Mail fans, and it's at its very best here.
  6. Mojo
    Jun 25, 2018
    80
    A debut proving the universal emotional weight in teenage preoccupation with romance. One to watch. [Aug 2018, p.96]
  7. Jun 11, 2018
    50
    "Pristine", "Let's Find an Out", and "Anytime" are all really strong songs, but they aren't enough to make Lush a good album. What they do is show that Lindsey Jordan has a lot of (the dreaded) potential as a songwriter that she isn't fully realizing yet. The rest of the album is too similar in sound and style to do much besides blur together.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Jan 10, 2019
    10
    Great shoegaze, good guitar and a nice voice. Great lyrics by a young queer artist.
    Why is she listed as British in the summary when she is
    Great shoegaze, good guitar and a nice voice. Great lyrics by a young queer artist.
    Why is she listed as British in the summary when she is from Maryland in USA?
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  2. Jun 16, 2018
    10
    boiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii this **** goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood af
  3. Jul 11, 2018
    10
    Impressive. Her vibe on this record is amazing (I personally like “Pristine” more than any songs released this year)
  4. Jun 11, 2018
    9
    I enjoy this project. There's nothing pushing the genre, but it excels. Heat Wave is a highlight, her vocals match the beat and give a goodI enjoy this project. There's nothing pushing the genre, but it excels. Heat Wave is a highlight, her vocals match the beat and give a good building/emotional vibe. Stick is a very emotional song. Overall catches a fairly emo indie rock vibe well. Expand
  5. Nov 13, 2018
    7
    2018 has a bounty of female led lo fi indie rock records with Snail Mail and Soccer Mommy emerging with particularly good albums. Much has2018 has a bounty of female led lo fi indie rock records with Snail Mail and Soccer Mommy emerging with particularly good albums. Much has been made of the songwriting potential of Snail Mail's Lindsey Jordan but to be fair, she's already after delivering something that sounds fairly like the finished article on "Lush". Perhaps it lacks ambition or variety at times but in general this is a very decent listen. Expand
  6. Jun 8, 2018
    7
    It's a fresh album and I really like the vocals and the music and the whole production,but I think that it is not something that special.StillIt's a fresh album and I really like the vocals and the music and the whole production,but I think that it is not something that special.Still a great listen and an 18yearold musician with a bright future. Expand
  7. Jan 16, 2019
    6
    A solid debut effort with a handful of enjoyable tracks that keep things interesting, but the release is almost too consistent - in hindsightA solid debut effort with a handful of enjoyable tracks that keep things interesting, but the release is almost too consistent - in hindsight only a couple songs, if any stick out. While there may be more than a couple good songs, they're too stylistically similar and when placed next to each other can drag on and bore the listener somewhat. The guitar parts are creative enough, though using Lush's formula for everything after would be a mistake. If one can appreciate, or at least accept the lyrical content, and tolerate sameness of her voice, this is a good mood-album. The main refute for criticising the general dullness of her voice is to look to the lyrics which convey a crushing sense of sameness and dullness that overwhelm the subject's life. It's a smart idea, and Jordan likely (and rightfully so) isn't aiming to please with pleasant, fluffy music. In practice, it's just not a worthwhile front-to-back listen to return to, nor an experiment that warrants repeat. Expand

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