Following a series of cryptic teasers across social media (and some er, interesting packages sent to fans), Paramore’s lead vocalist Hayley Williams has unveiled ‘FLOWERS for VASES / descansos‘, a “prequel” to her stellar debut solo album, 2020’s ‘Petals For Armor’.
In a five-star review, The Forty-Five’s Marianne Eloise said: “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.”
With no singles dropped prior to its release (February 4), listeners have taken to social media to share their funny and heartfelt reactions to the album in real time.
In a tweet, Williams confirmed that she worked on the album in the first coronavirus-enforced lockdown last year, and “wrote and played every part on this album [herself].” Cue the perfect reaction meme:
Here’s one perfect summary:
While others wanted to highlight how Williams’s work over the past few years has gotten progressively darker…
One Twitter user really felt the ‘Flowers For Vases’ experience on another level.
Many comparisons have been drawn between the intimate songwriting of both ‘FLOWERS for Vases / descansos’ and Taylor Swift’s surprise LP ‘Folklore’, released in August 2020, with one fan describing it as “the creepier sister” to the latter.
Another fan has already started to envision their wedding plans, claiming that acoustic track ‘No Use I Just Do’ is “first dance material”.
Elsewhere, there were some rather creative track-by-track reviews…
One hyperbolic reaction suggested that ‘Flowers for Vases / descansos’ is, well, EVERYTHING… and who are we to argue?
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