TURN OUT THE LIGHTS

Gay Times Magazine - - Agenda -

Julien Baker

Ten­nessee’s Julien Baker im­pressed with

2015’s Sprained An­kle, a riv­et­ing record which found her grap­pling with be­ing South­ern,

Chris­tian and queer. This equally com­pelling fol­low-up sees Baker con­front her in­ter­nal con­flicts, and re­alise hap­pi­ness isn’t a given.

“Why is it easy for ev­ery­one else? I’m not al­ways like this – there’s al­ways to­mor­row, I guess,” she sings on the cathartic ti­tle song. As she al­ter­nates be­tween supremely in­ti­mate pi­ano bal­lads and spikier gui­tar-based tracks, her re­mark­able voice – youth­ful but bruised – keeps swelling with emo­tion. At 21, she’s al­ready one of those artists who can’t help but hold your full at­ten­tion.

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