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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the singer-songwriter was co-produced by Matthew E. White and Trey Pollard.
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It Is You
There are trees, there are clouds Many shadows and crowds There are dreams, there are doubts There are whispers and shouts And the snow, it formed a... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
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  1. Jan 22, 2015
    100
    The touchstones here, such as Dusty in Memphis, are all records that revel in a particular kind of musicality, yet this is a record that never feels retro, just timeless.
  2. 90
    The most wonderful, positive ending, a paean to the power of song and the song that closes this modern classic of an album.
  3. Feb 24, 2015
    90
    The rich production and ambitious, multi-faceted arrangements provided by White’s Spacebomb crew are the perfect foil for Prass’s soft, exquisite voice and expressive, tear-stained songs, such that the overwhelming impression of the LP is, against the odds, one of triumph; of beauty both wrangled out of and amplified immeasurably by loss.
  4. Jan 29, 2015
    80
    The slower, sentimental ballads can veer into maudlin territory, and the spoken-word Reprise seems utterly unnecessary, but such minor missteps are easily overlooked when the rest is such a satisfying listen.
  5. 80
    This dream of an album sounds like little else currently in the pop field, and the fact that it’s a debut from a relative newcomer makes it even more impressive.
  6. Feb 3, 2015
    80
    Her eye for telling romantic details and gift for gorgeous, lilting melodies mean this debut sinks its hooks in deep and soon seems to belong alongside the classics it so plainly resembles.
  7. Feb 11, 2015
    70
    Natalie Prass shows she’s got the complex stuff down pat, but getting back to the basics might be the next stage of development that takes her to another level.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
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  1. Jan 31, 2015
    10
    Been a while since I have not heard an album so pure and calm as this. Natalie shows her feelings as a magnificent and majestic form. So lightBeen a while since I have not heard an album so pure and calm as this. Natalie shows her feelings as a magnificent and majestic form. So light and soft voice and the album lyricism is amazing. Indeed, this is one of the best albums I've heard so far. Expand
  2. Jan 28, 2015
    10
    Great album by Natalie Prass! I was pleasantly surprised by how atmospheric it is--and, above all, it sounds genuine. The music being perfectGreat album by Natalie Prass! I was pleasantly surprised by how atmospheric it is--and, above all, it sounds genuine. The music being perfect for fall/winter is a huge plus for me. Expand
  3. Jan 30, 2015
    10
    I have been waiting for this album it seems like years, now that i have it the wait was well worth it. Bird of Prey is one of the best songs iI have been waiting for this album it seems like years, now that i have it the wait was well worth it. Bird of Prey is one of the best songs i have heard in a long time, the horn and string arrangements are out of this world. Ms Prass has a wonderful voice traces of Feist,and Joni Mitchell do yourself a favor get this now! Expand
  4. May 28, 2015
    8
    If there’s any awards for best produced and arranged albums of 2015 then “Natalie Prass” will be a contender. Singer/songwriter Prass deliversIf there’s any awards for best produced and arranged albums of 2015 then “Natalie Prass” will be a contender. Singer/songwriter Prass delivers a collection of beautifully expressive odes to life, love and loss. Her whispered tones may often appear timid, but her storytelling is the key to what is a surprisingly compelling debut, of which “Bird Of Prey” is the astonishing highlight. Expand
  5. Jan 30, 2015
    8
    I really liked this album. There's something about it that reminds me of Sufjan Stevens, and it was a fun listen. I had never heard of herI really liked this album. There's something about it that reminds me of Sufjan Stevens, and it was a fun listen. I had never heard of her before this, but I'll take a listen again. Expand
  6. Jun 14, 2015
    7
    While Natalie is obviously the star of her self-tited debut, it is in fact Matthew E. White's extensively detailed production job that keepsWhile Natalie is obviously the star of her self-tited debut, it is in fact Matthew E. White's extensively detailed production job that keeps me coming back. The horns blare with triumph, the strings are grandiose, the woodwinds flutter around, mimicking Prass' vocal styling. Tracks like 'It Is You' and 'Christy' are so dramatic and carefully studied to sound carefree that they resemble a theatre production number. Some tracks are forgettable, but the gems, particularly the opener, are really great. A solid debut record that prompts me to look forward to her follow-up, in hopes the entire project will be as lively as the high-notes of this one. Expand
  7. Jan 28, 2015
    6
    This album is okay. I was definitely intrigued by Natalie's delicate voice and the throwback 70s easy-listening style, but ultimately I wasThis album is okay. I was definitely intrigued by Natalie's delicate voice and the throwback 70s easy-listening style, but ultimately I was hoping for something a bit more innovative. Aside from the first two songs and maybe a few others, much of the album sounds like something my parents or grandparents would listen to. Nothing is wrong with it, per se, it just sounds a bit dated and generic. Expand

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