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  • Summary: A member of Sharon Van Etten's band (among others), the singer-songwriter has two previous solo LPs to her name, most recently 2015's Glider.
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  • Record Label: Western Vinyl Records
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Folk
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  1. Apr 19, 2019
    80
    Despite its overall dreamy, soft-spoken approach, Invitation is often weighty, full of thought and longing as well as moments of wonder. It's an affecting mix, one that lingers and withstands repeat listens.
  2. Mojo
    Apr 19, 2019
    80
    Songs are wispy but melodies strong. [May 2019, p.96]
  3. Apr 24, 2019
    75
    The quiet build on 'Where I Lay' gives way to a gorgeous explosion of pianos and drums with haunting harmonies that, more than anything, signals just how much Broderick has grown as a composer and vocalist in the space between albums.
  4. Apr 24, 2019
    71
    Broderick ensures that her voice articulates clearly in the production, more so than on her previous solo album Glider (2015). This choice does justice to the observant poetry that shimmers through her finest lyrics.
  5. May 6, 2019
    70
    Invitation can be a tough record to puncture. The shadowy soundscapes--thick layers of keys and strings with, oftentimes, thunderous percussion additions-- sometimes overpower Broderick's soft vocals.
  6. 70
    Invitation is a classic grower in the sense that, while it does have its weaknesses, repeated listens drawing out these details do overpower them over time.
  7. Apr 19, 2019
    62
    Despite Invitation’s cinematic and often successful composition, Broderick succumbs to the passivity she’s supposedly working to renounce. The songs are ambient rather than immediate, more decorative than they are distinct.
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