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Waxahatchee, 'Cerulean Salt'

Waxahatchee Cerulean Salt
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On her second album, Alabama guitarist Katie Crutchfield sings bruising punk ballads about hanging out with other miserable young people and waiting for the fun part to begin, while starting to get the horrible suspicion this might be the fun part. The band helps to bring out all the frayed desperation in her voice.

From the RS review: "Sometimes she gets what she wants, most times she doesn't, but she always gets a great song out of it."

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