• Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Release Date: Apr 2, 2021
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
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  1. Apr 5, 2021
    83
    Head of Roses, also Wasner’s Sub Pop debut, is her most direct record yet, full of what is definitely her clearest, most emotionally stirring work to date.
  2. Apr 2, 2021
    81
    Wasner has you in her grip from the scratchy layered vocals and slippery synths on album opener “Heads” all the way to the melancholy, dwindling notes of “Head of Roses.”
  3. Apr 15, 2021
    80
    More transformative than dour, Head of Roses is a journey toward healing and marks another strong entry in Flock of Dimes' growing catalog of work.
  4. Apr 1, 2021
    80
    An album of subtle yet emotionally resonant songs.
  5. 80
    Though it encompasses a whole galaxy of observations and sonic structures, ultimately Head of Roses is worth getting lost in.
  6. Uncut
    Mar 31, 2021
    80
    This multilayered and multigenre approach results in an album that is as deeply introspective as it is creatively bold and ambitious. [May 2021, p.25]
  7. Mar 31, 2021
    80
    On Head Of Roses Wasner still manages to deliver an album that feels both highly individual and effective in what it tries to do. It also subtly extends the sense of musical reinvention which has been ongoing since the direction-pivoting Shriek.
  8. Apr 5, 2021
    75
    Sanborn’s production clears space for her voice, building each song around it rather than contorting it to fit. He makes Wasner sound fully at home.
  9. Mar 31, 2021
    75
    Flock of Dimes has become the vehicle for Wasner’s most personal reflections, which makes it the one to treasure most.
  10. 70
    Unfortunately, for an album that’s main theme is duplicity, it can’t help but feel a little one-dimensional (lyrically at least). ... However, Wasner’s sculpting of emotive music through sound and texture rather than key is special, and Head of Roses is by far her most successful rendering of it.
  11. Mojo
    Mar 31, 2021
    60
    [Her] supple vocal sounds are partly obscured here by loops and electronics or resonant layers of Eno'd guitars. [May 2021, p.88]