FLOWERS for VASES / descansos

Hayley Williams - FLOWERS for VASES / descansos
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2021 Ratings: #136 / 227
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Based on 585 ratings
2021 Ratings: #197
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The Forty-Five
On ‘FLOWERS for VASES/descansos’, Williams boldly dives into herself, exploring losses, failures and questions with an honesty that is ostensibly for her but serves a wider purpose.

Overall, the album is a wonderful and comprehensive collection of work and a stellar second solo album from Hayley Williams. For fans of St. Vincent and Taylor Swift, or anyone really looking to get into  their feels and have a little cry.


A record which further proves that the strength of Hayley Williams - as a songwriter, a vocalist, a woman - is still awe-inspiring.

Entertainment Weekly

Vulnerability isn't new for Williams, but unlike Petals' raw rage and liberation, Flowers puts a lens on her weaker moments without any performative brightness.


Recorded alone in lockdown, the Paramore vocalist's exposed new album sees her trade the biting rage of her previous release for a more meditative sound.


Self-wrote and played entirely by herself, 'FLOWERS for VASES / descansos' gives you all Williams has to offer on a silver plate.


What a pleasure to have a songwriter and singer of this calibre making albums like this, with seemingly limitless texture to dig into and infinite potential meaning for every listener. Just so long as they give it the time.


Seven albums and 16 years into her music career, Williams seems more confident than ever in doing as she pleases instead of pleasing others.


Even in the darkest moments on Flowers for Vases/descansos, Williams reaches out and beckons you ever closer.

Consequence of Sound

This album is the payoff of a risk: while this may not have been a vocally challenging album for Williams, it can be deeply difficult to share the quiet corners of the soul, the stories we might not want to tell but need to for the sake of healing.

A.V. Club
The folksy sound may largely deviate from even her most recent rock-pop turn, but the unrelenting candor remains as much of a draw as ever.
The Line of Best Fit

FLOWERS for VASES / descansos is Williams succumbing to the near-death experience that is decades of suppressed trauma coming to a head. It is Williams shedding the darkest parts of herself and the burdens that come from reducing yourself in order to carry the secrets of others.

Rolling Stone

As a quarantine-driven detour on Williams’ artistic path as a solo act, Flowers works as a side project, although its commitment to confessional storytelling and stripped-down production the whole way through will make it appear one-noted against Petals.


There are no obvious singles or earworms, but more so than Petals for Armor, FLOWERS for VASES takes a step closer to healing.


What she’s delivered is a quiet, cosy set of slow-burning, peaceful numbers performed on acoustic guitar and piano, sung so softly that it’s occasionally hard to hear what she’s saying, but always sounds like the work of someone born to sing.

Spectrum Culture
Though she frequently fails to juggle the vulnerability of acoustic performance with the cinematic drama of heavy production, Williams shows considerably more promise here as a solo artist with devastating lyrics and immersive songwriting, ultimately providing enough to expect great things from her next release.
The Needle Drop
Hayley Williams has transposed the derivativeness of her debut album to an indie folk context.
The Young Folks

Williams’ sophomore attempt is a disappointing, hollow representation of more established and more recently successful solo artists.

hayley williams goes full coffee house mode. her lone singer-songwriter effort is triumphant, as she gives wonderful, genreless performances.

'descansos' is full of acoustic jams, dreaminess, ascending vocals throughout a haze of piano, emotional ballads, and, at times, expert minimalism.

right off the bat, "first thing to go" feels like a horror story. the haunting guitars skip around the soft piano.

this horror feeling is contained through the album, as Hayley channels her dark ... read more
I really wanted to love this because I thoroughly enjoyed her album from last year, and have been a Paramore fan for nearly 6 years at this point. Sadly though, Hayley gives us nothing but 40 minutes of boring, trite acoustic tracks. It will go through one ear and straight out the other. Even if you're a fan of hers, I unfortunately say to just skip this. It's not worth your time.
Imagine petals for armor but without anything that made petals for armor fun
One thing I didn't expect to be listening to and reviewing today was a new Hayley Williams project but here we are.

'FLOWERS for VASES / descansos' is a deviation from the synth heavy alternative dance found on its predecessor 'Petals for Armor', as it instead sees her take on a very intimate and stripped back indie folk approach, an approach that isn't entirely unexpected to anyone familiar with her 'Petals for Armor: Self Serenades' EP from late last year, an EP that sew her re-record a few ... read more
after hearing and loving the lead single my limb last week, i was excited. and that excitement soon led to disappointment. everything besides my limb is pretty damn boring
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Track List

  1. First Thing To Go
  2. My Limb
  3. Asystole
  4. Trigger
  5. Over Those Hills
  6. Good Grief
  7. Wait On
  8. KYRH
  9. Inordinary
  10. H.Y.D.
  11. No Use I Just Do
  12. Find Me Here
  13. Descansos
  14. Just A Lover
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Added on: February 3, 2021