The songs on Sprained Ankle are sparse: Baker accompanies herself with solo guitar and a looper pedal with no other added instrumentation. Large splashes of ambient reverb and delay accentuate the spaciousness of the songs; sometimes it seems as if she is playing and singing in a vast cathedral.
Raised in the South in a religious home, a thread of spiritual doubt weaves its way through her sparse songs. But rather than beating the listener over the head with her religious views, Sprained Ankle is a testament to surviving the horrors of drug addiction, loss, and self-harm at such a young age. Sprained Ankle is her catharsis; going through hell and not only surviving but coming through it stronger.
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