AOTY 2019

First Flower

Molly Burch - First Flower
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2018 Ratings: #275 / 736
User Score
Based on 58 ratings
2018 Ratings: #414
October 5, 2018 / Release Date
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Northern Transmissions

Through Burch’s masterful run-through of pop and folk history she brings out a sound rich in tone and that creates tons of play in the writing and performance.

Loud and Quiet

It’s not that this is any less personal than that first outing, but more that Burch has embraced the parts of her craft that set her apart, most obviously her unmistakable voice.

American Songwriter

Molly Burch is a chanteuse, exploring the edges of noir songs with beauty, sadness, and an honest vulnerability that’s powerful yet strikingly understated.


Molly Burch’s debut saw her emerge as one of the finest songwriters around, and the follow up only cements that.


Burch has managed to find common ground between desire and determination and meld them with steady assurance.


Taken together, the record's simple ballroom dance rhythms, memorable melodies, and nuanced performances are a recipe for pop confection, however unhappy.

Under The Radar

First Flower builds on where last year's blue winter debut Please Be Mine left off, but with the edges polished and dusted for a brighter sheen. Burch still occupies her old stomping ground of romantic pining, but she works in a few clever twists.


The songs on First Flower are vibrant and warm—fine dinner party music, if not gripping enough to stop the conversation in its tracks.

Funny/strange that the critics preferred this to the debut... I guess she sounds less like her peers here, but most of the songs don't catch me like they did on the debut. Not a bad album at all, but it doesn't satisfy me like the debut. Every Little Thing is really good though, and it might be her most effective song to date.

She has a great voice and is still definitely one to keep an eye on.
First and foremost, on “First Flower,” Molly Burch sounds much less like Angel Olsen, perhaps the biggest issue plaguing her otherwise strong 2017 debut “Please Be Mine.” Burch’s striking alto, distinctively slurry and emotive, is put to excellent use here, and more than ever before, she sounds like nobody but herself. “First Flower” roots its musical influences a bit more plainly in pre-British invasion pop, a slightly obvious move that nonetheless ... read more
The vocals could be better, But at the same time they add some charm to the music that is First Flower, The lyrics were sung well, Just the actual vocals are what I'm kind of picky about.

Other than that, No complaints, Love the chill vibe, Love the instruments, Love the Album Cover, Etc. The songs are very pretty and relaxing too.

Without You standalone is a very amazing track, The amount of effort put in the instruments is crazy, Especially compared to the rest of the tracks. The drums are ... read more
YAWN!!! Boring half written songs, terrible vocals, uninspired musicianship and complete unoriginality.
Strong and captivating voice, good songwritting and a enchanting marriage between folk and pop, Molly Burch emerges as artist ready to fly herself to the stardom, if she gonna make it we don't know but at least this record is some proove she wont shame herself.
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Track List

  1. Candy
  2. Wild
  3. Dangerous Place
  4. First Flower
  5. Next to Me
  6. Good Behavior
  7. Without You
  8. To the Boys
  9. True Love
  10. Nothing to Say
  11. Every Little Thing
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