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  • Summary: The second full-length release from Arlo Parks features a guest appearance by Phoebe Bridgers.
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  • Record Label: Transgressive
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative R&B
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  1. 80
    My Soft Machine is a punchier, poppier outing for Parks but the record shares a lot in common with its predecessor. .... It’s when Park veers off her own path that things get interesting. “Devotion” is a risk that pays off.
  2. May 25, 2023
    Parks has a skill for inviting listeners not only into her mind, but into her immediate environment, and the effects bring her racing emotions right to the forefront.
  3. May 26, 2023
    Arlo emerges with a newfound directness, finding a sound and voice that fully represents the multifaceted complexities of the world outside the bedroom.
  4. May 26, 2023
    There’s still a gingerliness to her songwriting, where at points you wish for less apologies and a more strident course—but that’s the take from someone whose 30s are in the rearview and knows fully well the world still doesn’t make sense. Besides, Parks’ candor and lyricism aches with a youthful tenderness so full of heart that it can trump any perceived failing in this near perfect follow up.
  5. May 24, 2023
    Despite a few moments spent in the doldrums, Park's heartfelt lyricism and serene instrumentals navigate the complexities of love and healing, reminding listeners of the ongoing process of finding wholeness.
  6. Uncut
    May 22, 2023
    Eyes may be on the US market, but the honesty of Parks' expression holds. [Jul 2023, p.33]
  7. Mojo
    May 22, 2023
    Too much of My Soft Machine is too smooth by half. [Jun 2023, p.95]

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