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  • Summary: The latest full-length release for the indie folk/rock artist from Boston features contributions from Brooke Bentham, Jemima Coulter, Katy J Pearson, Tenci’s Jess Shoman, Tomberlin, her father and her two brothers, Nate and Jameson Williams.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Jun 23, 2021
    100
    It feels like a cathartic release, where she faces her fear of disasters head-on – through floods, tornadoes and burning cars – and she firmly places us within that world right alongside her.
  2. Jun 30, 2021
    90
    Instead of throwing perspective on her fears, anxieties and problems and helping to alleviate them, that context and duality only amplifies them. They become her, and she becomes them. ... ‘Hurt A Fly’ is one of the more optimistic-sounding songs on the album, but even its hopeful tone is laden with the threat and/or promise of everything crashing down. The tender strains of ‘Pass’ also offer a glimmer of hope, but one that, inevitably, eventually burns out and turns to dust.
  3. 80
    It’s a fine tuned record that leans into bold pop refrains whilst gripping firmly onto its DIY roots. It’s an irresistible listen.
  4. Aug 4, 2021
    80
    Album two is just as strong as album one but in a different way. Miss her at your peril.
  5. Jul 8, 2021
    77
    This tendency that Williams has of interweaving her inner emotional climate with the breathable aura of nature was on magical display through last year’s debut album, I Was Born Swimming, and it’s something she hones further here.
  6. Jun 25, 2021
    71
    While parts of Planet (i) can feel akin to standing out in the sun on a particularly sweltering day, Squirrel Flower’s talent as a chronicler of relationships and memories makes this album worth exploring.
  7. Mojo
    Jun 23, 2021
    60
    An intense, slightly avant chum. [Aug 2021, p.86]

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