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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the British singer-songwriter features nine acoustic covers of songs from the project she started during the COVID-19 lockdown.
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  1. Mar 22, 2021
    80
    Songs From Isolation is a gorgeous collection that hits home in these bizarre times. Intense and distinctive, it’s the sound of someone finding solace in music – and that’s something we can all relate to right now.
  2. Mar 22, 2021
    80
    Rarer still are those who can apply their personality to another’s songs and make them theirs simply by sitting down and playing them. Here, she has done so to nothing less than a triumphant degree.
  3. Mar 22, 2021
    70
    Shorn of that album’s [Forever Blue] voluminous post-rock textures, Williams’ deft playing provides a delicate yet ornate framework for her voice to soar, lending new tenderness to erstwhile grandiose rockers by Deftones and Smashing Pumpkins, while squeezing even more pathos from The Cure’s mighty ‘Lovesong’.
  4. Mar 25, 2021
    68
    Most of the takes on Songs From Isolation are engaging, if not provocative alternatives to the originals. Some are less successful, even if they constitute an ambitious undertaking. It might have been worthwhile if Williams had picked at least a couple of tunes more essentially divergent from her own style and energy.
  5. Mojo
    Mar 22, 2021
    60
    The London singer's stark acoustic covers album works best when furthest removed from the original. [Mar 2021, p.91]