FLOWERS for VASES / descansos
While 2020's solo debut Petals for Armor indulged in R&B, funk, and pop, the Paramore singer's latest collection deconstructs her loneliest and darkest feelings with a heavy dose of acoustic compositions, melancholy piano melodies, and well-placed electric guitar flourishes. Williams wrote and performed the entirety of FLOWERS for VASES / descansos and recorded it in her Nashville home, and it serves as an ode to the suffering that precluded Petals for Armor's arc of self-discovery.
Williams' voice once again takes center stage, intertwined within the record's pensive compositions, varying from barely a whisper ("First Thing to Go") to a simmering rage ("Trigger"). "My Limb" dabbles in the macabre ("If you gotta amputate/Don't give me the tourniquet"), the delicate "Asystole" compares a past relationship to the most fatal form of cardiac arrest, and the folk-tinged "Good Grief" focuses on how love slowly dissolves. This 14-track postmortem adds another chapter of honest reflection to Williams' ever-growing repertoire, laying her past demons to rest.