Head of Roses

Flock of Dimes - Head of Roses
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2021 Ratings: #213 / 419
User Score
Based on 122 ratings
2021 Ratings: #190
Liked by 7 people
April 2, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
Sub Pop / Label
Dream Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
Beats Per Minute

Head of Roses, also Wasner’s Sub Pop debut, is her most direct record yet, full of what is definitely her clearest, most emotionally stirring work to date.

81
Paste

With more time spent swimming around in these songs, a sleek throughline emerges, connecting the quieter moments to all the delightful bumps and edges, and creating an album that’s equal parts intricate, exploratory pop and thoughtful, experimental indie folk.

80
The Sydney Morning Herald

Head of Roses, the contemplative second album from solo project Flock of Dimes, is a dazzling and harmonious display of styles and influences.

80
Uncut
This multilayered and multigenre approach results in an album that is as deeply introspective as it is creatively bold and ambitious.
80
musicOMH

While such experiences have offered creative inspiration for countless musicians over the years, on Head Of Roses Wasner still manages to deliver an album that feels both highly individual and effective in what it tries to do.

80
The Independent

A triumphant signifier of professional and personal growth.

80
AllMusic

This meeting of poignancy and sonic uplight is one of Wasner's personal hallmarks and a big part of what makes her music so effective. More transformative than dour, Head of Roses is a journey toward healing and marks another strong entry in Flock of Dimes' growing catalog of work.

78
Spectrum Culture

Listening to Flock of Dimes, there’s the feeling that we aren’t just listening to a musician as much as we are listening to a place in time set to music. In doing so, Head of Roses is a moment of mindfulness from which we all can learn.

75
Under The Radar
Flock of Dimes has become the vehicle for Wasner’s most personal reflections, which makes it the one to treasure most.
75
Pitchfork
Even as she surveys heartbreak and self-doubt, Jenn Wasner’s second solo album sounds confident. Textural layers of guitar and synth offer depth, yet allow her voice to lead the way.
70
The Line of Best Fit

Wasner’s sculpting of emotive music through sound and texture rather than key is special, and Head of Roses is by far her most successful rendering of it.

70
Northern Transmissions
Intimate and exposed yet quietly confident, ‘Head of Roses’ is Wasner bearing her soul for all the world to see.
60
Mojo
Jenn Wasner (of indie sophisticates Wye Oak) is an empathic singer, whose supple vocal sounds are partly obscured here by loops and electronics or resonant layers of Eno’d guitars, which take the edge off this raw and heartsore break-up LP, her second as Flock Of Dimes.
60
FLOOD Magazine
Wasner refrains from giving in entirely to obvious melodies and instrumentation. Instead, these ten songs flirt with straightforward melodies, but always find some way to rebuff.
JacksonLerner
88
the instrumental work is remarkable. the guitar sounds sticky and permeates through the music. meanwhile, the synths are calming, and they bestow some electronic aspects to the music.

there’s a comforting dreaminess present throughout ‘head of roses‘.

the album is a trip comprised of many different vibes:

“price of blue” conveys an indie-country combination. the solos are searing.

“and we're all just wearing bodies
like a costume 'til we die” is ... read more
Orlkont
85
These days it's so important to know the importance of being calm and some of us might have already forgotten how to do that. With that being said, I was listening to this album and halfway through, I heard some commotion outside, turns out there was a house burning right across where I live. Thank goodness firefighters rushed right away to control the fire. Two hours later, I continued listening to the album and it was such a moment of realization because this album made me remember how it is ... read more
JohnLouisHoward
96
this is peak Jenn. all the grace and beauty is here, with those magnificent heart-felt vocals. she pours herself unreservedly into every note of every song. the end result is a record on a par with Angel Olsen's All Mirrors and Titanic Rising by Weyes Blood. she is such an enormous talent and I hope fervently that this finally is the work that will propel her to the proper level of respect.

it is near perfect and the only drawback is some gratuitous moments of electronic cuteness on the part ... read more
Astroskye
75
A Beautiful Record that talks on themes of self reflection,grief, the need to love someone conflicting with the need of being by yourself, all executed with an experimental indie folk vibe and ethereal pop that remind me of Cocteau twins, and her videos are really aesthetic goes with the title of the album An album that will grow an unfold more with every listen
Faves: 2 heads, Two, Lighting, No question, Head of Roses
Covinish
92
Holy fuck. This album is absolutely gorgeous!! Jenn is such a beautiful songwriter, so the shimmering production accompanied by her comforting vocals come together to create an unforgettable experience. Give it a listen! You won't regret it!
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Track List

  1. 2 Heads
  2. Price of Blue
  3. Two
  4. Hard Way
  5. Walking
  6. Lightning
  7. One More Hour
  8. No Question
  9. Awake for the Sunrise
  10. Head of Roses
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