AOTY 2019
Natalie Prass - Natalie Prass
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2015 Ratings: #27 / 772
Year End Rank: #45
User Score
Based on 385 ratings
2015 Ratings: #63
January 27, 2015 / Release Date
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Spacebomb / Label
Chamber Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
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.

91
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.

90
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.

90
musicOMH

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

90
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.

90
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.

84
Paste
It is the debut of a songwriter not struggling to find a voice, but fully formed and confident as all hell.
83
Pitchfork
She sounds comfortable and in charge, wielding her massive band like a wizard’s scepter.
83
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.

83
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.
80
Exclaim!

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.

80
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.

80
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.
80
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.
70
AllMusic

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.

70
PopMatters

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.

70
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.

70
FasterLouder

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.

ThrowBackG
NR
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!
MinatoArisato
75
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
88
This is a beautifully recorded album. The brilliance of its sound is almost blinding. It's immaculately executed. Every second of this songs is perfectly arranged and produced which makes the music in this recording absolutely touching and revealing. Loved it upon first listen. This is truly a masterful debut album,. Necessarily refreshing and undoubtedly peaceful. Loved it.
usedtobe
85
Wonderfully old fashioned with splendid orchestral pop leanings and lush production. A winsome surprise.
Space Vacation
84
This album is a sad storybook.

Beautiful production, music kinda reminds me of Elton John at times.

Natalie's voice rules. I love the snipped (for lack of a better word) way she ends some of her lines.

She has a total old school vibe anyway but Reprise is so hilariously 50s.

Edit: Also, I don't rate single tracks but seriously My Baby Don't Understand Me is probably like a 96-98. It's that fucking good.
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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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