Natalie Prass - Natalie Prass
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2015 Ratings: #29 / 918
Year End Rank: #45
User Score
Based on 377 ratings
2015 Ratings: #61
Liked by 2 people
January 27, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Spacebomb / Label
Chamber Pop / Genres
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The Guardian

The touchstones here, such as Dusty in Memphis, are all records that revel in a particular kind of musicality, yet this is a record that never feels retro, just timeless.

Consequence of Sound

One of the most fully realized and confident debuts in recent memory, Natalie Prass is an expertly sequenced and executed work that transforms decades of American music tradition into something relevant to the 21st century.

The Line of Best Fit

Natalie Prass is a break-up album that doesn’t wallow; it’s the most realistic take on relationships you’ll have heard in a long time.


It makes for a glorious companion to Björk’s Vulnicura but also stands as a confident, masterly debut album in its own right.

Under The Radar

Every lyric is perfectly finished off by a musical accent and every instrument is strategically placed in the right place, all coming together to pull on those heartstrings harder than ever.

Drowned in Sound

The rich production and ambitious, multi-faceted arrangements provided by White’s Spacebomb crew are the perfect foil for Prass’s soft, exquisite voice and expressive, tear-stained songs, such that the overwhelming impression of the LP is, against the odds, one of triumph.

It is the debut of a songwriter not struggling to find a voice, but fully formed and confident as all hell.
She sounds comfortable and in charge, wielding her massive band like a wizard’s scepter.
A.V. Club

What makes it good is her sophisticated ear for pop arrangements. What sets it apart is her gracefully authoritative, hyper-emotive, and at times semi-animal personality brought out through a masterfully controlled and gloriously weird set of pipes.

Pretty Much Amazing
Hats off to this fantastic singer-songwriter for not only emerging from the fog so quickly, but also for crafting a dynamic album that is bigger than its size and very deserving of the praise it will undoubtedly receive.

Natalie Prass marks a solid entrance from an assured new talent; it's an absolutely lovely soul record, shot through with the wistfulness of heartbreak country.

No Ripcord

While the tracks rarely challenge the listener with bold experimentation or chord progressions that range much beyond major-and-minor resolves, Natalie Prass provides a concise amalgamation of R&B, funk, baroque pop, and soul with a consistent through-line.

American Songwriter
This dream of an album sounds like little else currently in the pop field, and the fact that it’s a debut from a relative newcomer makes it even more impressive.
NOW Magazine
The slower, sentimental ballads can veer into maudlin territory, and the spoken-word Reprise seems utterly unnecessary, but such minor missteps are easily overlooked when the rest is such a satisfying listen.

Natalie Prass is the work of a distinctive new artist with a vision that embraces past and present, merging strength and vulnerability to powerful effect.


Natalie Prass shows she’s got the complex stuff down pat, but getting back to the basics might be the next stage of development that takes her to another level.

Rolling Stone

Virginia singer-songwriter Natalie Prass has sung backup for Jenny Lewis, and there's more than a passing resemblance to Lewis in the sweet, sunny heartbreak songs on Prass' debut LP.


Prass’s winsome coo is a beautiful instrument, and the way her melodies dance and soar can be sublime, but the lyrics fall just a little short of the level that everything else on the record achieves effortlessly.

Gorgeously sad.
The day I like 'Christy' is the day this album jumps to a 100. Something about her voice and lyrics just creates these environments in my head. Like a mix of the modern age and the 1950s. Maybe a few moments I've gone through myself. "New music for an old soul" is one way to word it? I dunno. I highly recommend giving this one a spin!
A sweet yet sad record that just floats along. Natalie's voice dances around the lovely instrumentation presented here.

Best Track: Bird Of Prey
Worst Track: Christy
Wonderfully old fashioned with splendid orchestral pop leanings and lush production. A winsome surprise.
Oh, how Natalie Prass has crept up on me while I wasn't even looking and whooshed me away with her amazing voice and smart song writing. It's one of those releases that reminds me of how I happened upon Tift Merritt... Very innocently. Just... Suddenly,there she is and I'm liking her sound a lot. Frankly, I'm looking forward to her call.
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Track List

  1. My Baby Don't Understand Me
  2. Bird of Prey
  3. Your Fool
  4. Christy
  5. Why Don t You Believe In Me
  6. Violently
  7. Never Over You
  8. Reprise
  9. It Is You
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