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  • Summary: The second full-length release for Australian singer-songwriter Stella Donnelly was co-produced with Anna Laverty and Methyl Ethyl's Jake Webb.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
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  1. 90
    Flood is a superb album, by an artist who hasn’t even given us a glimpse of her potential. It’s charming and enjoyable and engaging and attractive and all of the adjectives you could ever want out of an indie-pop record - and not only does it hold up to multiple listens, it actually seems to expand and grow in stature with each run-through.
  2. Aug 25, 2022
    82
    Flood doesn’t quite reach for the same comedic relief that its predecessor gleaned. But that’s a good thing—both records are necessary in Donnelly’s canon. She could’ve easily made a second record about the assholes of the world who move beside her (the well is, unfortunately, always brimming with material), but maybe the most remarkable thing about her sophomore effort is that her independence is a wrecking ball.
  3. 80
    Beautiful. These are soft, lush pieces that deep-dive into life’s everyday moments and turn them into something extraordinary.
  4. Aug 24, 2022
    77
    It’s as if she’s stepping outside those limited bounds for the first time in a long time, confident that she can take a risk and still find a soft place to land. Her quiet yet spirited second album offers one too.
  5. Aug 29, 2022
    75
    In some respects Flood expects less of its listeners, laying much of its charm and sweet melodies on the surface, but it also begs to be discovered, re-discovered, and treasured by those who dare to dive deeper. Those who take that step will find a singular singer/songwriter talent, one whose sophomore effort manages to be just as rewarding as its predecessor, yet in a subtly different way.
  6. Sep 8, 2022
    70
    It's Donnelly's strong songwriting voice -- both in terms of core music and lyrics -- that dominates here and is likely to re-engage fans.
  7. Aug 22, 2022
    40
    While her captivating vocals remain, Donnelly’s lack of bark and bite from the debut means this record, as the name suggests, mostly washes over you.

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