Courtney Marie Andrews - Old Flowers
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2020 Ratings: #405 / 794
User Score
Based on 93 ratings
2020 Ratings: #420
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July 24, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Fat Possum / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!

Overwhelmingly elegiac and mournful in tone, Old Flowers is heartbreaking in and of itself. It is emotional, redemptive and leaves an indelible mark on the listener.

80
Q Magazine

A country album about heartbreak may not be the most novel proposition, but Courtney Marie Andrews has a way of making the archetypal feel brand new.

80
Mojo

With the voice of Linda Ronstadt and songwriting gifts of Joni Mitchell, there simply isn't anything to dislike about Old Flowers.

80
Uncut

Old Flowers is nevertheless an honourable contribution to the canon of heartbreak albums, the subject well suited to Andrews' delicate voice and disarmingly plain-spoken lyrics.

80
American Songwriter

Old Flowers conclusively proves that Courtney Marie Andrews has reached a difficult to attain level, showing once again that the timeworn trope of “breaking up is hard to do” can be dreadfully unsettling personally but also creatively rewarding.

80
NME

Breaking up is hard to to do, but at least Andrews’ has given us these exquisite songs.

80
The Sydney Morning Herald

Even the more pointed songs exude a warmth that suggests breaking up is hard to do, but it can be done with elegance and eloquence.

80
Under The Radar

The album is as much of a reflection of the difficulty of separating and moving forward as it is any indication of what may have soured.

80
AllMusic

In some respects, Old Flowers could be called a shade too successful, since it casts a specific understated spell, but listened to in the right mood or hour of the day, it's a bewitching affair.

79
Paste

Even when she’s exhausted and heartbroken, Andrews is so eager to offer grace on Old Flowers, and that’s why this record will wreck you to your most tender core.

75
Consequence of Sound

Old Flowers is a gorgeous, triumphant album of growth for Courtney Marie Andrews.

70
The Line of Best Fit

Continuing to imbibe her music with a remarkable pathos that has these new songs greeting the listener like familiar friends by the second spin, Courtney Marie Andrews keeps growing and Old Flowers is the fruit of this blossom.

70
No Ripcord
Old Flowers is still one of her most consistent and wonderful collections of unique, heartfelt, and depressing songs yet, even if it’s somewhat hampered by the need to make it “as cathartic and minimal as possible.”
66
Beats Per Minute
Andrews is a very talented writer and a genuinely moving singer, and knows her way around an almost-shockingly pretty melody, but from a whole-album point of view, she could benefit from mixing things up every now and then.
60
PopMatters

Folk singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews' Old Flowers is about the dissolution of a nine-year relationship and has many strengths. Still, it often falls prey to the cliches of the break-up album.

60
The Arts Desk

The textures are imaginative, occasional dissonances and sounds you can’t immediately identify making the album all the more compelling.

60
musicOMH

Heartache has inspired countless songs and albums over the years and if nothing else Old Flowers shows how humans will continue to turn to music for comfort in times of sadness for many years to come.

MarkyC
74
While this breakup album doesn't reinvent any wheels, the standout tracks ("If I Told", "Carnival Dream" and "How You Get Hurt") hit almost too close to home. Courtney Marie Andrews' feelings of pain are compellingly emphasized in these moments by timely structure shifts, fittingly raw instruments and her revealing voice.
ocrakraut
80
To me her voice and her songwriting sound timeless and wonderful. As this record delivers 10 excellent, slow, sad and haunting songs my only complaint is that those are 10 sad and slow songs. Recommended teaser Old Flowers
tha138
66
It's dawn and the american songwriter was waiting all night to explain why breaking up can be inspiring, through this sad collection of emotional songs that came out of the fire that she lit in her backyard in order to get rid of all the old flowers.
winitheju
66
Pretty boring tbh. And I usually love this kinda stuff
NTTR
57
Courtney Marie Andrews - Old Flowers

Genre: Singer-Songwriter
Country: US

Final Verdict: 57% (Pleasant Album)
Yearly Ranking: 649th / 1032

Highlight: Old Flowers

Made me think of:
An Pierlé
Fiona Apple
Tori Amos
Andy Shauf
Kathleen Edwards
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Track List

  1. Burlap String
  2. Guilty
  3. If I Told
  4. Together or Alone
  5. Carnival Dream
  6. Old Flowers
  7. Break the Spell
  8. It Must Be Someone Else’s Fault
  9. How You Get Hurt
  10. Ships in the Night
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Added on: March 5, 2020