• Record Label: Atlantic
  • Release Date: Feb 5, 2021
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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 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 andI 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
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Feb 5, 2021
    78
    While their quiet folk songs are not a thing of the past, Good Woman benefits from the poppier textures and shiny new grooves implemented with help from Congleton.