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  • Summary: The fifth full-length solo release for the Nashville-based singer-songwriter was produced by Kate Haldrup.
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  • Record Label: New West
  • Genre(s): Americana, Pop/Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Country
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  1. Oct 15, 2021
    80
    Lately reveals itself to be Hiatt’s most daring and experimental work to date. The songs’ relative lack of polish knocks down what few layers of pretense may have previously existed between the listener and the characteristically unvarnished inner thoughts that compose most of her lyrics.
  2. Oct 15, 2021
    80
    The songs here are a perfect continuation of Walking Proof, especially the musically breezy title track with deeper lyrical meaning, summing up the exhaustion and loneliness many felt over the past year.
  3. Uncut
    Oct 21, 2021
    80
    A captivating set, aided by a full band that shift is between artful, countryish ballads ("Simple," "Ride") and cabin-fever rockers ("Face," the abstract "Gem"). [Dec 2021, p.27]
  4. Oct 15, 2021
    77
    Lately is a much more introspective and muted work compared to the countryfied indie rock sensibility of Walking Proof, the style Hiatt is known for. The change of pace is welcome, though, and reveals much about where she’s been as a person and where she’s going as an artist.
  5. 70
    It marks a certain maturity that underscores Hiatt’s authenticity as both an artist and individual, and the strength she possesses when it comes to propelling that presence forward.
  6. Oct 15, 2021
    70
    Lately doesn't always sound like the album Lilly Hiatt might have cut under ordinary circumstances, but it comes from the heart and speaks to the time and place in which it was made. It's a compelling, generous work from a songwriter who grows a bit each time she heads into the studio.
  7. Oct 25, 2021
    70
    The interplay between Hiatt’s honest, poetic songwriting and the versatile musical styles is a primary strength of the album.