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For years, Baker and a group of close friends have performed as the band Forrister (formerly The Star Killers), but when college took her four hours away, her need to continue creating found an outlet through solo work. The intent was never to make these songs her main focus, yet the process proved to be startlingly cathartic. As each song came into shape, it became more apparent that Baker had genuinely deep, surprisingly dark stories to tell from her thus far short life (she turns 20 this Fall). Tales of her experiences are staggering, and when set to her haunting guitar playing, the results are gut wrenching and heartfelt, relatable yet very personal. There's something wonderfully hypnotizing about Baker gently confessing her soul with such tremendous honesty.

At the prompting of a friend, Baker ventured to Richmond, Virginia to record a number of her new songs at Spacebomb Studios. The tracks from this session were circulated among Baker's friends, meeting high praise and lots of encouragement for the songs to see a proper release. Soon, she found a home on 6131 Records' increasingly diverse roster, and plans were made to release her debut full length, Sprained Ankle.

To call Sprained Ankle a happy accident would be misleading as to the nature of these poignant, emotive songs. Yet no one, least of all Baker, could have predicted she'd be releasing an album, especially as a solo artist. Thankfully, now the world will be able to share in her passion and sorrow
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 23, 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 6131 Records
  • ASIN: B013WLWB5K
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,910 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Heartbreaking and beautiful, stark and real. Her lyrics will kill you. Her guitar playing is noisy and perfect. And her voice is filled with way too much regret for someone her age. One of the best records I've heard this year. Just buy it, listen, and be reminded of what it was like when music made you actually feel something.
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I came across this record in a totally random fashion, but I have been listening to it non-stop since it came out two months ago. Best record I've heard all year. These lyrics are so personal but at the same time they get straight to your heart and your emotions. Even if you haven't been through the exact same experiences she describes in some songs, you can still feel what she conveys at such a deep level. And her voice is amazing, just go to YouTube and search for a couple of her live sessions. Good God.
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I read an article about Julien on Facebook and since I'm a music lover who listens to most all genre's I decided to check out a few of her songs on youtube. I was blown away and immediately purchased her CD. I'm probably not representative of her "target" audience (I'm a 50 year old male). I've been listening to all types of music my entire life and it's extremely rare that I find new music that hits me with such emotion. Her lyrics, her voice, her "haunting guitar" playing and raw emotion all fit together to tell her personal real life struggles, redemption, faith, etc. I went through many, many years of severe drug and alcohol addiction and am now 4 years clean. I've also battled severe depression, which affects more than 10% of all americans at some point in their life. I hit "rock bottom" and my faith helped turn my life around. I'm now a substance abuse counselor helping other addicts get clean. Because of these reasons, her music really hits home with me personally. However I believe most people can relate to her music in one way or another. She was a freshmen in college when she wrote these songs and 19 years old when she recorded the album, however this is not an album just for teens or young people. All ages, races, genders, etc. will love this album if you just give it a listen and lose yourself in the music and lyrics. It's sad and beautiful and real and so awesome I could write 5 pages about it. I've been listening to it nonstop whenever I'm in my car ever since I received it 2 weeks ago. Thanks Julien.
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What a beautiful album. Sometimes I think artists get too caught up in layering their music with sounds and different tracks that we forget how amazing simplicity can be. Julien and her guitar will make you feel something. The album is filled with regret and her voice beautifully captures this. I can't rave about this album enough. Definitely one of the best albums I've listened to all year.
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I've never posted a review on Amazon before, but this album is so good that I want the whole world to know about it. I've had it on repeat for three straight weeks. Every track is outstanding. The raw beauty of Julien's voice is not masked by any over-production; the whole album is simple and visceral. They are sad songs about dealing with difficult circumstances and ramifications of mistakes, but most of the songs have an ultimately positive message--hope that things will change, quiet knowledge that sometimes we must take it upon ourselves to effect change in our own lives, faith that there is a higher power who wants good things for us. Although many have not been through the situations detailed in her songs, they are still beautifully accessible as they evoke some deep understanding of the human condition of suffering and searching. Best tracks: Blacktop, Something, Rejoice, Go Home. Also: if you get a chance to see her live, take it. You won't regret it.
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For me it's not just the album, but the exceptional artist behind it. I've had the honor of watching Julien and her talent for many years. She has always amazed me with what she could do, and just her being an incredible person!!!! I am not surprised she is getting so much attention considering the fact she used to rehearse in my carport with our son, Matt, a member of the original band Star Killers now known as Forrister,
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Listening to Julien Baker's debut album plunges you into a extraordinary story of a life filled with trauma, heartbreak and, eventually, redemption. Baker pulls no punches in harrowing tales of substance and alcohol abuse, depression and uncaring lovers who ripped the heart out of her soul and left it bleeding on the concrete.
Anyone who has ever wandered aimlessly through empty teen years that brought them perilously close to the afterlife will identify with these raw confessions about auto wrecks, trauma centers, heartbreak and a mournful plea for rescue.
"Sprained Ankle" is not a pleasant listen. It is an honest revelation of someone who has survived a journey to the depths and lived to tell about it.
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I was really surprised I received first pressing vinyl for my order earlier this year. It certainly is welcomed. The clear vinyl looks nice and plays nice. There is a digital download code inside the jacket. Lyrics sheet also included. This is one amazing album filled with sad songs. Only 9 songs, but every single song is amazing. Julien Baker has one of the most loveliest voices around today. I can listen to this album all day if I was in a sad song mood.
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