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  • Summary: Produced by John Congleton, the latest full-length release for the trio of sisters was influenced in part by the death of their mother and the birth of Emily's first child.
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  • Record Label: Atlantic
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Folk
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  1. Feb 4, 2021
    80
    These thirteen tracks, detailing joys and sorrows, love and loss, indicate that The Staves are as vital as ever.
  2. Feb 4, 2021
    80
    After such a long time away, ‘Good Woman’ finds The Staves rejuvenated and inspired, treading new ground while retaining the identity that made them so loveable in the first place. For all the trials bestowed upon the trio in the past few years, they emerge positive and victorious, changing and creating music on their own terms as echoed on closer ‘Waiting On Me To Change.’
  3. Feb 9, 2021
    80
    All in all, The Staves have once again succeeded in enchanting listeners with a unique ethereal euphoria that remains unmatched. Good Woman may be a little different than the band’s previous works, but it reinforces what makes them so special in a marvelous way.
  4. 80
    Their love for their art is evident. When their voices come together, it is pure magic.
  5. Feb 5, 2021
    80
    Whatever primness remains, Good Woman proves the Staves now slot effortlessly into that roster of intelligent, interesting artists, interrogating life, love and womanhood on their own distinctive terms.
  6. Feb 5, 2021
    80
    What keeps you coming back to Good Woman is a sense of hope and optimism that shines through – that sense that, despite the grief and pain, there’s always better times ahead. Maybe it’s exactly the sort of record we all need in these times, and it certainly contributes towards this being the best Staves album of their career to date.
  7. Feb 8, 2021
    69
    The Staves manage to overcome Congleton's production and mixing tics because their voices can cut through anything. ... It’s heartening to hear them turn their attention inward; maybe next time, they’ll trust that sound to do its work without the input—or intrusions—from a collaborator.

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  1. Feb 23, 2021
    8
    I happened to hear the track "Good Woman" a few back and felt compelled to check out the rest of the album. The track itself has a strongI happened to hear the track "Good Woman" a few back and felt compelled to check out the rest of the album. The track itself has a strong Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks vibe (think "Dreams") but very much in a contemporary way. It's the song that opens the album and while the Staves never quite hit the same height, it sets the tone nicely for the record. The songs are all well written and carefully thought out. Lyrically, the band lay it all on the table with an array of melodies backing them up. At times there is arguably a little too much going on soundwise around the periphery of the songs but more often than not the songs can carry the extra weight. I've not heard The Staves previous work but based on this album, the sound like an outfit that are able to blend quality songwriting with experimentation, to mix ambition with a considered approach. Expand