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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 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  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. May 8, 2020
    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. Q Magazine
    May 7, 2020
    80
    Viewed either as an introduction or reinvention, Williams emerges as a formidable solo artist here. [Jul 2020, p.111]
  5. May 8, 2020
    80
    It’s wilder and unvarnished, adding up to a self-portrait that’s intensely candid and intimate.
  6. May 7, 2020
    80
    At 15 tracks, Petals for Armor can occasionally feel redundant; two or three songs feel like retread territory that was better explored elsewhere, and there’s only so many metaphors you can create for flowers. Still, the album’s final third, while the most pop-oriented section, is also its most interesting. ... It’s the sound of an artist blooming into some the best music of her career.
  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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  1. Negative: 5 out of 128
  1. May 10, 2020
    10
    Hayley has been trailblazing since she smashed onto the scene in the early 2000s. This album marks the biggest quality leap in both artistyHayley has been trailblazing since she smashed onto the scene in the early 2000s. This album marks the biggest quality leap in both artisty and daring experimentalism, catapulting Hayley from the little Paramore emo rocker to today's Stevie Nick's! The wide breadth of genres and artists she melded into stgis hyper personal and cohesive album is truly genius. Even with it being a critical success, I don't believe it's impact will be truly understood until sometime has passed. What Hayley, Taylor, and her team have done here is make music history. Period. Expand
  2. May 8, 2020
    10
    Melodia envolvente, letras penetrantes e sinceras, tudo o que se precisar para se ter um som incrível
  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 11, 2020
    10
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  5. May 8, 2020
    10
    A perfeição de “Petals for Amor” não apenas consagra Williams como a maior compositora da música alternativa, como também deixa seus fansA perfeição de “Petals for Amor” não apenas consagra Williams como a maior compositora da música alternativa, como também deixa seus fans ansiosos pelo que ainda está por vir com essa nova fase da cantora. Expand
  6. May 8, 2020
    10
    bruto e polido do início ao fim. hayley williams coloca seu coração em todas as faixas e o resultado é um retrato íntimo do desejo de si e dabruto e polido do início ao fim. hayley williams coloca seu coração em todas as faixas e o resultado é um retrato íntimo do desejo de si e da coragem de viver suas dores e continuar. 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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