Julia Jacklin’s debut solo album is ‘Don’t Let the Kids Win.’ The Australian indie country music singer-songwriter is on verge of stardom and her new album is receiving nearly universal critical acclaim. You can get find out what the buzz is all about and see a roundup of reviews here.

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Photo: Julia Jacklin
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No doubt, she’s a rising star in music. Give it a year or two and she’s sure to become one of the major artists of our time. Pop music — and increasingly so country music — may be littered with cookie cutter, play-it-safe “artists,” yes, but despite that, true artists do emerge. In the country music and folk music genres We’ve seen the rise of the likes of Angel Olsen, a singer-songwriter whose lyrics touch the hearts of millions and who don’t need to rely on stadium pyrotechnics.

We can add another to the list. The 25-year-old emerging star Julia Jacklin whose debut album, ‘Don’t Let the Kids Win’ is getting applause worldwide from critics.

In a recent interview she spoke about her approach to songwriting and in noting that it developed over time she said, “…I started to realise that when you are a bit more honest and you inject your personality into your music it always seems to pay off a bit more. People connect to it a lot more.”

Now as the new album arrives in full, the critics are weighing in with nearly universal phrase. Here’s a roundup of what’s being said.

“…..Though her songs follow neatly unpacking structures, guitars reverberating and delicately intertwining with all the pains she sings of – growing up, falling into the drudgery of routine, and the ever nagging tick of time running out – ‘Don’t Let The Kids Win’ shines brightest for its clear, and charismatic narrative voice……” –DIY Magazine

“….Don’t Let the Kids Win feels very much like one of those albums that will slowly creep into the affections of a large number of people; it’s that lovely. ….” –The Guardian

“….Altogether, the album’s palette and Jacklin’s cracking, pensive delivery land her in a sphere with heavy-hitters such as Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen, with a touch of Lucinda Williams, making it a must for fans of thoughtful indie folk. ….” –All Music

“….Though only her debut, Julia Jacklin’s Don’t Let the Kids Win works like a musical punch to the gut, a tearjerker that makes even the most public of spaces ready sobbing spots. Each of the album’s 11 songs sounds effortlessly polished, her voice seasoned with the emotion of an entire lifetime. ….” –Clash Music

“….Due to her diverse strengths, Jacklin’s songs differ greatly–but where for some that may result in an inconsistent tone, Jacklin strengthens the album by honoring its emotional core at all costs. Tracks jump from genre to genre without losing their hypnotic quality. …..” –Consequence of Sound

Check back for more reviews as they arrive. Meanwhile, check out the music videos and Julia Jacklin’s ‘Don’t Let the Kids Win’ album cover art below.

*Photo credit: Paul Hudson via Flickr (CC-BY-2.0) (cropped)