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Good Woman

The Staves

Good Woman

Third album from the Watford folk rock trio produced by John Congleton

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  1. 10.0 |   The Irish Times

    For all of the jaded frustration that drives Good Woman, hope returns to the surface and the sisters comfortably sit with who they’ve become
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  2. 9.0 |   Vinyl Chapters

    This is the music of people that wear their hearts on their sleeves, to be equal parts open and vulnerable, and it’s something that should be celebrated
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  3. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    England’s answer to CSN, with added colors
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  4. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Good Woman may be a little different than the band’s previous works, but it reinforces what makes them so special in a marvelous way
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  5. 8.0 |   Clash

    Serves as a fine artistic statement of a developing musical institution
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  6. 8.0 |   DIY

    For all the trials bestowed upon the trio in the past few years, they emerge positive and victorious
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  7. 8.0 |   Mojo

    The sister have turned that pain and drama into this elegantly nuanced third album. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Picks up where 2015's Justin Vernon-helmed If I Was Left Off, as their three-part blood harmonies form the shimmering centre of an elaborate, album-long soundscape. Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   NME

    The Staveley-Taylor sisters – Jess, Milly, and Emily – pulled through a turbulent period to produce a record that's soulful, sophisticated and forward-thinking
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  10. 8.0 |   The Independent

    In essence, Good Woman is a thirty-something reset, a look at three women processing the nature of femininity and a lot of personal change all at once
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  11. 8.0 |   Gigwise

    The Staves as never before
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  12. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    What keeps you coming back to Good Woman is a sense of hope and optimism that shines through – that sense that, despite the grief and pain, there’s always better times ahead
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  13. 7.8 |   Paste Magazine

    Emily, Jessica and Camilla Staveley-Taylor expand their sound on their first album in 6 years and most assured release yet
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  14. 7.0 |   All Music

    Despite subtle shifts in arrangements, the songs of Good Woman share a certain world-weariness that's balanced with a refreshing self-assurance that - like the sisters' elegant, blended vocal harmonies - never loses its composure
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  15. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    While Good Woman is not the most notable stop on the Staves' journey, it retains all of their most delectable elements — heart-hitting harmonies, lovely melodies, and moments of lyrical spark — that have come to define their work
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  16. 6.9 |   Pitchfork

    Working with John Congleton, the folk trio makes their most personal and energetic statement yet, sacrificing some of their clarion intimacy along the way
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  17. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    A sonic quilt that offers moments of minimalism amid the big production, with patches of Kate Bush, Blondie and much besides
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