Stella Donnelly - Flood
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2022 Ratings: #281 / 622
User Score
Based on 268 ratings
2022 Ratings: #287
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The Line of Best Fit
It’s charming and enjoyable and engaging and attractive and all of the adjectives you could ever want out of an indie-pop record - and not only does it hold up to multiple listens, it actually seems to expand and grow in stature with each run-through.
84
Northern Transmissions
Check out her deep feeling, heart and body moving record, and do a little digging for stories behind the songs, to get its full effect.
82
Paste

After making a record about carrying the weight of all the world’s meanness on her back, she’s now giving space to her own ramshackle heart. Donnelly harnesses a single, palpable truth by Flood’s end: She is her own panacea.

80
No Ripcord

Overall, Flood is a musical and lyrical leap forward that delivers a multitude of rewards. That it ends in Donnelly’s strongest composition to date makes for literal icing on the cake.

80
Record Collector

A lockdown-induced spell back home has reconnected the Perth singer-songwriter with her childhood, her old birdwatching hobby, and the piano she hadn't touched for decades.  That wide-eyed feeling of possibility permeates Flood.

80
NME
The Fremantle singer-songwriter opens up her process and reaps the rewards on a beautiful, thought-provoking second album.
80
The Guardian
Donnelly’s knack for finding the universal in the ordinary persists, in a more internal second album that’s awash with vivid imagery.
80
Mojo
Though musically more fulsome, lyrics are still key.
80
Gigwise

When lead single and opener ‘Lungs’ begins, the overriding thought is that Stella Donnelly’s second album Flood will be something of a different beast from her first.

80
Dork

The real joy of Stella Donnelly ... lies not only in how good her individual songs are – and they’re very good indeed – but also the way they combine as a whole.

80
Uncut
The songwriter’s takes on treacherous relationships come with a Vampire Weekend-ish talent for a multi-part melody and Phoebe Bridgers’ ear for pertinent one-liners, the stately “Underwater”, “Move Me”, the title track and bedsit-ABBA kiss-off “Cold” all deep, powerful, overwhelming.
77
Pitchfork
Grounding her second album in moments of real vulnerability, the Australian singer-songwriter zeroes in on her guiding concern as a musician: how we seek and create safety.
75
Under The Radar

In some respects Flood expects less of its listeners, laying much of its charm and sweet melodies on the surface, but it also begs to be discovered, re-discovered, and treasured by those who dare to dive deeper.

70
Exclaim!
She's no longer speaking directly to the creepy boss or out-of-touch uncle, but perhaps she no longer wishes to educate or threaten. The songwriter instead chooses to engage more meaningfully with characters that exist beyond her own privilege and experience.
70
musicOMH

The follow-up to Beware Of The Dogs showcases a different side to the Australian’s songwriting.

70
Slant Magazine
The album sees the Aussie singer-songwriter refining the at times jagged indie rock of her promising debut.
70
AllMusic

It's Donnelly's strong songwriting voice -- both in terms of core music and lyrics -- that dominates here and is likely to re-engage fans.

60
Spectrum Culture
While Stella Donnelly's second album offers a pleasant experience, it’s unfortunately not as infectious or punchy as one could expect.
40
The Skinny
Lacking the bark and bite of her righteous debut, the Australian musician's sophomore release simply washes over you.
musicmagpie55
81

Dulling down her acerbic tongue, Stella Donnelly returns for a meditative, breezy sophomore release. She redirects her lyrical wit into poignant statements on growing up, relationships, and trying to find wade through life's muddiest emotions. While it may sound light, Donnelly's ability to blend airy melodies with clever observations makes Flood a remarkably smooth and engaging listen. I am partial to the title track's stunning chorus (one of the most potent melodies of the year), but I find ... read more

Louis13
76

Donnelly's frankness, wit, bitterness and sarcasm (the key ingredients that made 2019's 'Beware Of The Dogs' so appealing to me) are replaced by a more sombre and reflective tone, which just doesn't do as much for me. Luckily, the instrumentals are lovely and Donnelly can still craft catchy songs (see the album standout 'Lungs').

Favourite Tracks: Lungs*, How Was Your Day?, Flood, This Week, Oh My My My, Cold

currentjoyys
78

FAVORITE TRACK: Underwater

LEAST FAVORITE TRACK: Oh My My My

A little bit of a let down from her incredible debut, Stella Donnelly is back with short, sweet pop songs. Unlike Beware of the Dogs, there really is no central theme that ties everything together. Although Stella Donnelly sounds beautiful on this album- especially on tracks like Lungs, Restricted Account and Underwater, it's not enough to make this album that incredibly engaging the way her debut was.

I feel bad comparing it so ... read more

Do_You_Think_So
76

a very good first impression.

TurtwigsTaste
74

This was great to listen to, really enjoyed it as the instrumentals here really pulled me. I like this singer and even though the lyrics I don't care much for, It doesn't impact my enjoyment. I don't have much to say other than I like the synth work in Restricted Account, Medals is beautiful and continues into the next two tracks. Lastly, the closer track piano is so good!

Great album :]

Tracklist Rating
1 Lungs 7/10
2 How Was Your Day? 7/10
3 Restricted Account 8.5/10
4 Underwater ... read more

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Track List

1Lungs
3:31
77
2How Was Your Day?
2:32
70
3Restricted Account
4:08
69
4Underwater
4:57
68
5Medals
4:05
73
6Move Me
3:07
71
7Flood
3:43
76
8This Week
2:52
71
9Oh My My My
3:13
68
10Morning Silence
2:10
69
11Cold
4:36
75
Total Length: 38 minutes
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Added on: May 10, 2022