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  • Summary: The debut full-length solo release for the Paramore singer was produced by Taylor York.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 100
    Petals For Armor is a display of the multifaceted truth that is ‘femininity’; Williams’ rage is complex yet simple, primal yet now more discrete.
  2. May 8, 2020
    91
    Though it contains mere hints of the scrappy rocker we’ve watched for 15 years, Petals Of Armor is the bold signature of someone who is more than ready to show off different sides of herself—yet has nothing left to prove to anyone.
  3. 83
    Williams sounds here like she’s singing about something else, something more her own. The assorted focuses of these songs sound like they’re being relayed less as rallying cries and more as personal thoughts and confessions to a close friend or a lover. The result is a fitting solo debut, a solid album full of friction and honesty.
  4. May 7, 2020
    80
    It's brutally honest, yet comforting and displays the freedom and catharsis she felt via making it. A compelling new chapter for old fans and a thrilling set for fresh ones.
  5. May 8, 2020
    80
    Petals for Armor is a musically strong, emotionally vulnerable album that finds her standing confidently as an artist in her own right.
  6. From a less skilled artist, such a disparate-sounding album might morph into a collage of loose touchstones. Hayley Williams, on the other hand, draws clearly from other artists but retains her voice at the centre. Her frankness cuts through across Petals For Armor.
  7. May 11, 2020
    60
    Whilst Paramore's music tends to be all rage and release, solo Williams offers something much more quirky and cerebral, delving poetically and occasionally combatively into her insecurities. The elaborate intricacy of writing and production may be a lot to take in for all but devoted fans.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 95 out of 99
  2. Negative: 2 out of 99
  1. May 9, 2020
    10
    Goddamn what a good album! Everything from the roll out to the music was perfect. Hayley's musical range really shines through here.Goddamn what a good album! Everything from the roll out to the music was perfect. Hayley's musical range really shines through here. Outstanding tracks in my opinion include Dead Horse, Cinnamon, and Simmer. Expand
  2. May 8, 2020
    10
    This is the best one yet. This debut is really emotional and pure, I love her music.
  3. May 8, 2020
    10
    Paramore fans, attention. On Hayley's debut album, you won't find that teen hardcore stamina from Paramore's early career. It's easier toParamore fans, attention. On Hayley's debut album, you won't find that teen hardcore stamina from Paramore's early career. It's easier to approach the solo album with the tracks from the band's last album, especially when Hayley lets out her colorful pop influence from the 1980s and 1990s, like a juice from Madonna and Cindy Lauper. But the predominant tone here is the minimalist sound like The XX and Lorde. The singer allows herself to play with different movements, textures of vocal sounds and, at the time of the chorus, embraces herself tightly in the pop she knows well. Expand
  4. May 10, 2020
    10
    Hayley Williams and producer Taylor York take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, paralleled to Williams’ own experience after herHayley Williams and producer Taylor York take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, paralleled to Williams’ own experience after her divorce in 2017. Ranging from anger and loss (“Simmer”, “Leave It Alone”), the album takes its most interesting twist when rays of hope and acceptance begin to appear (“Roses/Lotus/Violet/Iris”, “Dead Horse”, “Pure Love”). It’s not until the last track (“Crystal Clear”) that we see a fearless Williams, hopeful of the new love she has found, brought back to live with air-filled lungs and a horizon of possibilities. It also features a subtle sample of her own grandfather playing an original song he wrote for his wife (Williams’ grandmother), “Friends or Lovers”.

    The track-list follows the different stages Williams went through, and can be heard and felt in the melodies, tone, lyrics and even volume of her vocals. The first part of the album greets us with a quiet, vocally-reserved, familiar-yet-new Hayley. As she sings of rage, loss, loneliness or depression, we hear a eerily-calmed, soft-toned Williams. However, as the storyline goes on, we start to notice more playful melodies. You can feel her excitement and joy in finding hope, dreaming of love and achieving acceptance. These feelings translate in the rhythm, lyrics, music, and most of all, Williams' vocals. She takes greater risks, taking us higher than before, toying with a mix of references that not everyone is familiar with, but delivers a final product that anyone can enjoy. Her journey of self-discovery surely led her to channel her inner Björk, and I love that for her (and for us, too).
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  5. May 8, 2020
    10
    Hayley Williams has crafted the perfect and released the best album of the year.
  6. May 8, 2020
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Hayley Williams shows up in here her full body of work, with great melodies and lyrics and also wise produced( which is mostly from the other Paramore members). The tracks never look the same, and it seems to be so experimental but also so familar. Love the alternative rock indie sounds such as Roses//violet ... and Why we ever and love the pop 80's inspired such as Sugar on the rim and Over yet. Anyway, great album, totally worth the listen!!! Expand
  7. May 17, 2020
    0
    Petals for Armor is up there with Childish Gambino in terms of not making any sense at all but the albums are labeled as being lyricalPetals for Armor is up there with Childish Gambino in terms of not making any sense at all but the albums are labeled as being lyrical masterpieces anyway for the dumbest reasons I have heard. I personally can't understand how this music evokes maturity in the artist. I still hear the same Hayley from Paramore but now shes mopey, boring & uninspired. She's also been a very judgmental artist and for what? I don't see the hype and I never will. She was awful and Paramore and she's even worse here. Expand

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