A palpable world-weariness is burned into Julien Baker's songs. It lives there much like time and wisdom live in the old, compacted dirt of churchyards and battlefields. You can see it in the young Southern songwriter’s eyes every time she performs — there’s not one thing that’s insincere about this artist. Her lyrics are lived. Baker's rock music is skeletal but not brittle, time-worn but modern, confessional but also universal. With its religious subtext and longing for human connection, Baker’s songwriting is saddening the way most great art is saddening: It makes the world seem beautiful and full of opportunity while showing you why the world so often feels anything but beautiful. Baker's roaring voice sounds like it belongs to someone 10 times her size, and there’s comfort in knowing others feel lonely and confused, too.