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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: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 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.
  2. Feb 9, 2021
    80
    While eloquently arranged, Flowers’ uniform anguish makes for an uncomfortable listen, even more so than its sonically daring predecessor, 2020’s Petals For Armor. ... Hopefully, the creation of this album — easily her purest songwriter project so far – also provided some peace.
  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. 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.
  5. 75
    This album is the payoff of a risk: while this may not have been a vocally challenging album for Williams, it can be deeply difficult to share the quiet corners of the soul, the stories we might not want to tell but need to for the sake of healing.
  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: 47 out of 48
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 48
  3. Negative: 1 out of 48
  1. Feb 5, 2021
    10
    album of the year. Intimate, personal, cohesive, melancholy and mature vocals.
  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. Feb 23, 2021
    10
    Viajei com as músicas e sentimentos que elas trazem... tudo parece fazer sentido nesse álbum!
  4. Feb 5, 2021
    10
    ela realmente fez isso!! esse álbum mostra o talento mais profundo da hayley. ela escreveu, tocou cada instrumento, ela realmente é a maior deela realmente fez isso!! esse álbum mostra o talento mais profundo da hayley. ela escreveu, tocou cada instrumento, ela realmente é a maior de todos. Expand
  5. Feb 6, 2021
    10
    Te amo, Hayley! Obrigada por nos trazer essa arte maravilhosa! Você literalmente salvou meu 2021!
  6. Feb 8, 2021
    10
    Hayley Williams pulled a Taylor Swift and made of "FLOWERS for VASES / descansos" her "evermore", with a surprise release after her debut soloHayley Williams pulled a Taylor Swift and made of "FLOWERS for VASES / descansos" her "evermore", with a surprise release after her debut solo album less than a year ago.

    With ethereal vocals, minimal instruments, deep lyrics and powerful message, she conceived her strongest piece of work to date under a waterfall of petals: soft, gentle, beautiful, earthy.

    While the sound is calmer than everything she has ever done, both with Paramore and as a solo artist, the emotion behind is abismal. She sings of self-reflection, hope, regret, melancholy, doubt, accountability, and demonstrates a willingness to let her feelings out in the field, with no apparent fear to be judged or blamed. That honesty is rare and precious, and it is essentially what makes this album so unique.

    Standout tracks include: Trigger, Over Those Hills, No Use I Just Do and Just A Lover.
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  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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