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Petals For Armor

Hayley Williams

Petals For Armor

Debut solo album from the Mississippi-born Paramore singer, produced by the band's guitarist Taylor York

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  1. 10.0 |   DIY

    Her most bold musical move yet
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  2. 10.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    With Petals For Armor Williams reclaims her story and starts anew: she is her own saviour
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  3. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    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
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  4. 8.8 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    The shockingly honest debut is more comparable to the work of Sharon Van Etten than any of Williams' contemporaries in the pop-punk scene
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  5. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    A solo debut that unfolds one piece at a time into a fresh look at the Paramore star
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  6. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Finding strength in her sadness, Williams rebuilds. After years of being emo, she finally gets to take ownership of her feelings
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  7. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Distorted, disorienting funk that charts singer’s evolution towards peace
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  8. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    While Williams has no plans to leave her Paramore family just yet, Petals for Armor is a musically strong, emotionally vulnerable album that finds her standing confidently as an artist in her own right
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  9. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    Petals for Armor succeeds best at sustaining a mood throughout, capturing the chaotic ups and downs of depression
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  10. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Pop punk poster girl's solo debut is a bold progression
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  11. 8.0 |   Paste Magazine

    The pop-punk icon takes on new sounds for old trauma on this soul-bearing debut
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  12. 8.0 |   Kerrang!

    She’s presented a journey that’s as raw as it is captivating
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  13. 8.0 |   All Music

    They've crafted a series of intimate mood pieces that pair Williams' candid lyrics (she also plays guitar and keyboards) with arty post-rock arrangements and evocative adult-contemporary flourishes
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  14. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The Paramore singer’s excellent solo debut is full of feminine imagery and dance music textures that evoke diverse influences from Björk and Janet Jackson
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  15. 8.0 |   Clash

    A compelling new chapter for old fans and a thrilling set for fresh ones
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  16. 8.0 |   Q

    Viewed either as an introduction or reinvention, Williams emerges as a formidable solo artist here. Print edition only

  17. 8.0 |   The FT

    Paramore frontwoman broadens her sonic palette with solo debut
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  18. 8.0 |   NME

    After a turbulent decade with her acclaimed pop-punk band, this week's NME cover star dissects grief, divorce and self-identity on her eclectic solo debut
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  19. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    An album which, even at its weakest, boasts a serious jazz-funk bustle
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  20. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    A confident solo debut that suggests the singer has valences she’s just beginning to explore
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  21. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Rarely does Williams contain her sonic wanderlust long enough to make something that sounds like pure bubblegum
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  22. 7.2 |   Pitchfork

    Emotionally vulnerable and musically ambitious, one that finds catharsis and enlightenment in the brambles of experimental pop production
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  23. 7.0 |   Beats Per Minute

    This is a record which feels familiar and safely experimental, while Williams reveals more of herself than ever before
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  24. 6.5 |   Under The Radar

    Proves that Hayley Williams, with her singing as sharp as ever, is no one trick pony and is willing to push the envelope outside of her comfort zone for a sophisticated and sensual debut album that should play well to the masses
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