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Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
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  1. Dec 4, 2018
    80
    With eight tracks and a playing time of 30 minutes, it's an efficient debut without a weak song in the bunch, one noteworthy for its poise as well as its engaging eccentricity.
  2. Mar 30, 2018
    80
    Tender without being twee, this debut LP ultimately captures a moment that is both genuine and touching.
  3. Mar 26, 2018
    80
    Heynderickx's music sounds fresh and improvised, as much about process as it is about poetry and craft.
  4. Mar 26, 2018
    80
    At just eight tracks long and with a half-hour running time, I Want To Start A Garden is more an introduction to Haley Heynderickx than a fully formed declaration. It’s enough to make you very excited about what’s yet to come, though--this particular garden is ready to bloom into some very special greenery.
  5. Mar 26, 2018
    73
    Haley Heynderickx may not have a garden just yet, but if beauty can cure uncertainty, this album should be enough for now.
  6. Mar 26, 2018
    70
    She strives to be good, but she's honest about the difficulty human life brings forth. Humility is a virtue. Her songs display this, and it's refreshing to be sure.
  7. Q Magazine
    Apr 10, 2018
    80
    An album of subtle, but nonetheless wonderful ear-worms. [Jun 2018, p.110]
  8. Apr 3, 2018
    80
    It took three attempts with three different producers before being finished. But it arrives a work of rich, elegant beauty.
  9. Uncut
    Mar 26, 2018
    80
    Mostly the album's best songs are simple, contemplative and poignant. [Apr 2018, p.36]
  10. Mar 26, 2018
    75
    This is a rich, remarkable record. Heynderickx's songwriting is at the fore here, her voice and intricate playing servicing her skill stunningly well.

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