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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the British singer-songwriter was produced by Gianluca Buccellati.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
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  1. 100
    Parks has a singular talent for tapping into sadness and turning it into something uplifting. ... Arlo Parks may be the voice of Gen Z, but there’s no doubt that this is a universal collection of stories that’ll provide solace for listeners of all ages and backgrounds for decades to come.
  2. 91
    This album definitely draws from painful places, but comes out of its explorations is multifaceted, deeply considered, and above all full of kindness. The questions it asks — what does caring really look like, how do we show one another kindness when we’re angry, how do we show ourselves kindness when we’re upset or hurt or numb — are essential ones, and we’re lucky we have Parks to guide us through them here.
  3. Jan 28, 2021
    85
    Arlo Parks’ debut confirms what fans of her EPs likely already knew; she is a rising songwriter of unusual skill and grace. Her take on bedroom pop feels unusually distinctive in a genre that has exploded in popularity over the past few years. Moreover, her ability to communicate the raw hardships of life with universality, compassion, and hope is genuinely moving and makes her debut a testament to her artistry.
  4. Jan 25, 2021
    80
    Reflective, intuitive and introspective, ‘Collapsed In Sunbeams’ is an immensely gripping debut. With no features, Arlo holds her own across all 12 singles and sets the bar high for those who follow.
  5. Jan 26, 2021
    80
    Spellbinding debut album, its vivid subject matter dealing with depression, sexuality, prejudice and matters of the heart with an uplifting old-school feel complemented by celestial vocals.
  6. Feb 4, 2021
    72
    The irony of Collapsed in Sunbeams is that Parks’ greatest strength also gives the album its most noticeable weaknesses. We are mainly here for her connecting songwriting, which means that the production – by Gianluca Buccellati – is restrained to allow her direct words to flow at their own behest.
  7. Feb 1, 2021
    67
    “Violet” is one of a handful of moments where the comforting atmosphere starts to crack—it hints at a more compelling album actively at war with its own themes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Jan 30, 2021
    10
    Arlo Parks is a poet. Parks’ words and music convince you quickly. Parks is a poignant songwriter. She tackles issues of mental health, humanArlo Parks is a poet. Parks’ words and music convince you quickly. Parks is a poignant songwriter. She tackles issues of mental health, human relationships, and discrimination with unprecedented wisdom for a 20 year old. She is an inspiring mouthpiece for young adults. Expand
  2. Feb 7, 2021
    10
    As a very promising young new artist, Arlo Parks meets the challenge of big expectations from the music industry and audiences, but refuses toAs a very promising young new artist, Arlo Parks meets the challenge of big expectations from the music industry and audiences, but refuses to be intimidated by it. When I first decided I would listen to this album I didn't quite know what to expect, but as I got to the fourth track I was in awe with Arlo's ethereal vocal delivery as well as the powerful nature of the motivational lyrics. The rest of the album did not disappoint and I found the whole collection to be an all-encompassing empowering masterpiece. This is, all in all, the very album that we so desperately needed to kick off 2021 with a positive mindset after tumultuous 2020 had us locked up in our homes for months. I'm feeling this is a great start to an amazing career for Arlo Parks. Expand
  3. Feb 1, 2021
    10
    This is an excellent debut album that not only introduces us to Arlo Parks's unique sound and her wispy sweet voice, but also illuminates herThis is an excellent debut album that not only introduces us to Arlo Parks's unique sound and her wispy sweet voice, but also illuminates her concise yet mature lyricism. Expand
  4. Feb 1, 2021
    8
    A great debut. Arlo Parks is an awsome songwriter and it gives me hope about the future of the music

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  5. Feb 7, 2021
    8
    I was reeled in by the track "Black Dog". Placed dead in the middle of the album, it really is the centrepiece and heart of the record withI was reeled in by the track "Black Dog". Placed dead in the middle of the album, it really is the centrepiece and heart of the record with everything building to and ebbing from this fantastic track. There is plenty of other good material as well to be fair but none of it is on the same level as that particular track. It's a pleasant album, full of solid pop songs with a soul production applied and probably takes itself more seriously than it should. There is something about it, not just the London accent, that reminds of Lily Allen's "Alright Still" but without the humour. Overall, not groundbreaking and there isn't anything that tops "Black Dog" here but "Collapsed in Sunbeams" is a good listen and is substantial enough to deserve the praise its getting. Expand
  6. Feb 5, 2021
    8
    Really good. Feeling like it's between an 8 and 9, I'm going to say 8 because at certain parts I maybe got a little bored and it started toReally good. Feeling like it's between an 8 and 9, I'm going to say 8 because at certain parts I maybe got a little bored and it started to all kinda sound the same... but ultimately as it grows on me I might move it up to a 9. It's fresh and deep and vibey in all the right ways. Decent shot at being in my year-end top 10. Expand
  7. Feb 7, 2021
    7
    With ‚Under the radar‘ on this.. on first listening ‚Hope‘ stood out for me.. as I liked the melody

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