REVIEW: Waxahatchee’s “Out in the Storm”

Self-deprecation remains central as Katie Crutchfield finds fault in herself at every corner.

waxahatcheeWaxahatchee, Out in the Storm (Merge)

On her fourth effort under the Waxahatchee moniker, Katie Crutchfield howls out the truth of a relationship doomed from the start over a sharp 10 tracks. Despite a similar runtime to that of her previous works, the slightly more streamlined rock sound and hardened song structures make for a quick, digestible sound. Self-deprecation remains central as Crutchfield finds fault in herself at every corner — even though her ex seems to supply most of the toxicity. The album strikes a sense of resilience and restoration sonically, but Crutchfield’s true battle of coping with having to leave without being heard adds complexity to the triumphant tone.


Trial Track: “Never Been Wrong”