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Life briefly imitates art for "Sprained Ankle" singer/songwriter Julien Baker

Life briefly imitates art for "Sprained Ankle" singer/songwriter Julien Baker

“Sprained Ankle,” Julien Baker’s solo debut, arrives with as many bumps and bruises as its title suggests—both physical and mental.

Throughout, the singer/songwriter navigates car accidents (the opening track includes mention of wrapping her auto around a light pole), struggles with depression and wrestles with bigger questions of spirituality. “But I think there’s a god,” she sings on the muted “Rejoice,” her voice gradually building in intensity, like the sun shifting from a morning glow to a radiant, high-noon glare.

Baker, 20, wrote and demoed a bulk of the songs in her dorm room while attending school at Middle...

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