The Still Life - Alessi's Ark
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Apr 29, 2013
    80
    Here on The Still Life she has begun to solidify and challenge her undoubted songwriting ability.
  2. Apr 17, 2013
    80
    An engagingly simple and yet sophisticated third album, full of elegant melodies, shuffling percussion and bewitching Marling-esque vocals. [May 2013, p.67]
  3. Apr 17, 2013
    70
    It’s definitely a progression from her last album into a more profound and polished sound.
  4. Apr 17, 2013
    70
    In total, The Still Life is a spry and rewarding sonic balm that doesn’t outstay its welcome.
  5. 70
    Ark’s sonic palette has broadened to encompass both ethnic instruments and contemporary sound effects.
  6. 65
    While there is nothing astounding or extraordinary about The Still Life, what it does is indicate that Alessi Laurent-Marke is a songwriter and musician who already shows a real promise of creating something very special later on in her career.
  7. Apr 17, 2013
    60
    One to bask in. [May 2013, p.94]
  8. May 9, 2013
    50
    For all too many, however, The Still Life is just too pedestrian and unmemorable to truly recommend in the crowded field of talented singer-songwriters.
  9. Apr 17, 2013
    40
    Laurent-Marke's facility for pleasant minor-key ruminations remain her strong suit, but the "stillness" of which she speaks all too often sounds like a stifling lack of urgency. [May 2013, p.85]

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