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  • Summary: The second full-length solo release for the Irish singer-songwriter was written over two years and recorded while she was pregnant in Ireland and Norway with producer Lasse Marhaug.
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  1. Apr 10, 2020
    Birthmarks is a deft exploration of selfhood and becoming, and a marked step-up from an artist whose trajectory has promised a release that could stop you in your tracks.
  2. The Wire
    Mar 12, 2020
    Gorgeous string arrangements, sax and synths give Birthmarks a palpable sense of encroaching mist. [Apr 2020]
  3. Uncut
    Mar 12, 2020
    Sonically it's a sinister palette: classical folk laced with dynamite blasts of electronics. Yet, the inner contents are tender. [Apr 2020, p.37]
  4. Mar 25, 2020
    It’s a profoundly empathetic collection of songs that offers both gentle reminders and harsh overtures as to the effort it takes to sustain healthy mental and physical spaces in your life. Woods has given us unparalleled access to see how she responds to the things that have kept her up at night and to those things which evoke happiness in her world.
  5. Mar 23, 2020
    If Birthmarks is Woods’ restless attempt at self-birth, her true emergence feels yet to come.
  6. Mar 12, 2020
    An album that requires patience and willing immersion despite its relatively short length, it succeeds in transporting if not transforming.
  7. Mojo
    Mar 12, 2020
    At turns comforting and disturbing. [Apr 2020, p.95]
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