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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Austin-based singer-songwriter was produced with Erik Wofford.
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  1. Oct 4, 2018
    89
    The sun-kissed Laurel Canyon pop of "Dangerous Place" tackles the push and pull of creative collaboration, neatly summarizing Burch's modus operandi: wide-open sonic aesthetics with a pointed and poignant message behind it.
  2. 80
    Like Peggy Lee, Francoise Hardy, Jane Birkin and others, Molly Burch is a chanteuse, exploring the edges of noir songs with beauty, sadness, and an honest vulnerability that’s powerful yet strikingly understated.
  3. Oct 12, 2018
    80
    Molly Burch’s debut saw her emerge as one of the finest songwriters around, and the follow up only cements that.
  4. Oct 4, 2018
    75
    Burch has managed to find common ground between desire and determination and meld them with steady assurance.
  5. Oct 12, 2018
    70
    First Flower builds on where last year's blue winter debut Please Be Mine left off, but with the edges polished and dusted for a brighter sheen. Burch still occupies her old stomping ground of romantic pining, but she works in a few clever twists.
  6. Oct 4, 2018
    70
    Taken together, the record's simple ballroom dance rhythms, memorable melodies, and nuanced performances are a recipe for pop confection, however unhappy.
  7. Q Magazine
    Oct 4, 2018
    60
    There are moments of brilliance--the title track features a stunning guitar section, while Every Little Thing is a powerful reminder of the importance of self-forgiveness--yet First Flower occasionally fails to live up to its predecessor. [Nov 2018, p.102]

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  1. Oct 10, 2018
    10
    She’s incredible! I discovered her thanks to TiDAL Rising, and this album is truly exceptional.