Julien Baker, Turn Out the Lights

Alright, first things first, I have a melancholic personality (if we’re talking temperaments), and while I don’t put much stock in personality assessments (we’re all unique and unrepeatable, so categorizing us into neat little boxes doesn’t work), when it comes to introspection, I could be the president of the over-analyzers fan club, something that seems to be characteristic of melancholics. Whether there’s a correlation or a causation between that and my love for sad music, the fact is that I do very much gravitate toward music and musicians who can encapsulate some intangible and yes, often sorrowful, aspect of the human condition in 3 or 4 minutes.

Julien Baker is one of these musicians. Her latest album, “Turn Out the Lights,” is something you listen to the first time through trying to read her carefully crafted lyrics through eyes misted with tears. The second time, you’re still crying, but you find yourself wondering what has led her in her life to write these words, to convey these emotions. This album is profound. Make a cup of tea or some other contemplative beverage, sit back, and get ready to feel.

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