Crush Songs is O's first solo album — following contributions to Spike Jonze's films Where the Wild Things Are and Her — and it's all restraint, all fragility. Written and recorded in private eight years ago, the record is an admittedly amateurish document of a period in O's life in which, according to the album's accompanying note on her website, she "crushed a lot. I wasn't sure I'd ever fall in love again."
That warm, lovelorn sentiment, matched with the lo-fi hum of its guitar tones, makes Crush Songs an easy listen, as does its 25-minute running time; only three of its 15 songs cross the two-minute mark. Its best tracks, like "Body" and "Ooo," are hummable and sweet, but much of the record plays like a series of short acoustic interludes: pretty, at times insightful, but evanescent more often than not. (Cult)