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  • Summary: The second full-length solo release for the Paramore singer was recorded at her Nashville home during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Mar 12, 2021
    90
    Powerful, but in an entirely different way to its predecessor, it’s a record which further proves that the strength of Hayley Williams - as a songwriter, a vocalist, a woman - is still awe-inspiring.
  2. 83
    Flowers puts a lens on her weaker moments without any performative brightness. She simply lets her softer side shine. Gone are the animalistic vocals, replaced with a gentler tone that invokes a towering kindness and grace that pandemic-related solitude has allowed. ... She once again proves there is a fragile beauty that comes with facing the darkest parts of yourself, no matter how painful the process might be.
  3. ‘Flowers for Vases/descansos’ rakes back the debris and leaves Hayley Williams exposed. Sowing new seeds, it’s an approach that reaps rewards.
  4. 80
    “Flowers for Vases/Descansos” has a narrower, quieter palette, though Williams easily handles guitars, keyboards and drums on her own... The songs on “Flowers for Vases/Descansos” are finely polished: every vocal phrase, guitar tone, piano note and studio effect has been thought through by Williams and her engineer and producer, Daniel James.
  5. Feb 17, 2021
    80
    Largely acoustic with a limited amount of overdubs, Flowers feels somewhat more minimalist than the aesthetically varied Petals -- which isn't to say it's any less impressive. There is a sense that Williams is celebrating her influences.
  6. Feb 8, 2021
    75
    Heartbreak, anger, acceptance, new love, mental health, and hope converged into something a little more well-rounded. Flowers For Vases, for all its beauty, appears single-minded in comparison, focusing solely on pain-tinged recollection and the challenge of moving forward. But if Williams chooses to spend some extra time wading through the uncomfortable emotions that mark a particular breakup—especially when those feelings make way for more personal growth—then it’s a worthwhile bit of exploration.
  7. Feb 5, 2021
    60
    FLOWERS for VASES / descansos continues what Petals For Armor started in showing just how much of Hayley Williams we still have to get to know as an artist. The Paramore question mark continues to hover, but here Hayley has once again shown that there’s more to her than one band.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 63
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 63
  3. Negative: 4 out of 63
  1. Feb 5, 2021
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. "All songs written and performed by Hayley Williams" The fact that she did it alone, blows my mind. In my opinion, this is better than PFA. Expand
  2. Feb 5, 2021
    10
    It has been a pleasure to get to know Miss Williams a little more. This album is a wonderful intimate work of art.
  3. Jul 29, 2021
    10
    I can't fault this very dark, lonely, sad album. I've played it nearly every day since it's release.
  4. Feb 5, 2021
    10
    Un álbum sumamente increíble, muestra vulnerabilidad y sentimientos muy profundos, Hayley no se equivocaba cuando dijo que este sería su "folklore"
  5. Feb 8, 2021
    10
    After Petals For Armor which if you ask me, it was the best album from 2020 she really got me here again! What a flawless album. You ROCK H!After Petals For Armor which if you ask me, it was the best album from 2020 she really got me here again! What a flawless album. You ROCK H! My personal fav is Over Those Hills. Expand
  6. Mar 21, 2021
    10
    É muito lindo ver a evolução artística da Hayley e acompanhar de perto o amadurecimento dela, tanto pessoal quanto musical. Esse álbum dá umaÉ muito lindo ver a evolução artística da Hayley e acompanhar de perto o amadurecimento dela, tanto pessoal quanto musical. Esse álbum dá uma sequência perfeita ao Petals, maravilhosa. Expand
  7. Feb 8, 2021
    1
    One of the worst follow-up albums I've heard from an artist in about 15 years. Talk about a major letdown.

    Pros: - Production is actually
    One of the worst follow-up albums I've heard from an artist in about 15 years. Talk about a major letdown.

    Pros:
    - Production is actually not bad considering most of this was recorded in a home studio. I did get a slight chuckle at the airplane driveby outtake that she kept on the album. I've been there.

    - Lyricalism is still quite strong. Some areas do slack and just aren't as metaphoric this time around.

    Cons:

    - Way too many ballads on one album. Very boring and repetitious. And what's even worse is that most of ballads are forgettable.

    - Vocals don't branch off much at all. They stay within the same range for most of the album.

    - Including an instrumental [which I usually do love on albums] that is redundant and doesn't try to branch off and be unique. (A small piano solo or something would have made it more interesting.) Boring.
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