Waxahatchee – Out in the Storm

ARTIST: Waxahatchee 220px-Out_in_the_Storm_Waxahatchee

TITLE: Out in the Storm

YEAR RELEASED: 2017

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: Silver

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: This should have been on several adult alternative stations.

LINEUP: Katie Crutchfield, Katie Harkin, Katherine Simonetti, Alison Crutchfield, Ashley Anwine

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Katie Crutchfield forms a strong band and lets her rock instincts take over. The result is a fabulous record.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Storming out of the gate with “Never Been Wrong”, Katie Crutchfield and Waxahatchee add a big sound to her songs, while retaining their personal nature and introspection.

It’s loud at times, and while it’s not polished it’s got a big sound that carries out through the speakers. When she gets quiet with acoustic guitars, it’s still raw and powerful. The record definitely has a 90’s – early 00’s rock vibe with fuzzy guitars, hooks, and harmony vocals but it sounds immediate and rich, not tinny and dated.

The band she put together includes her sister, former bandmates, and fellow female alt-rock travelers, and they’re very sympathetic to her material. One can’t wait for Crutchfield and Waxahatchee’s next full statement.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: The album was recorded live for the most part with some overdubs for harmonies and solos.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes. Demos.

GRADE A+: It’s a powerful rock album and shows that not all confessional and breakup albums have to be overly self-indulgent.

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