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My Soft Machine

Arlo Parks

My Soft Machine

Second album from London-born singer-songwriter and poet Anaïs Oluwatoyin Estelle Marinho includes a collaboration with Phoebe Bridgers

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  1. 10.0 |   Dork

    Even when exploring some of the tougher moments that she has gone through in recent years, it is still an uplifting and triumphant listen. Absolute top-tier music at its best here
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  2. 8.0 |   The Independent

    A loved-up and sometimes surprising follow-up from the Mercury Prize winner
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  3. 8.0 |   All Music

    My Soft Machine hits differently than Collapsed in Sunbeams, but it's still a powerful effort that packs more emotional weight while expanding the singer/songwriter's stylistic range
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  4. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    My Soft Machine is powerfully subtle, and reasserts Parks’ ability to capture and alleviate negative emotions, while simultaneously furthering her exploration of the sound that put her on the map
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  5. 8.0 |   DIY

    Fully representing the multifaceted complexities of the world outside
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  6. 8.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    Parks is the real deal and an emerging artist that we will be celebrating for some time to come
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  7. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    The follow-up to the Mercury-winning Collapsed In Sunbeams sets about laying the groundwork for a long and stellar career
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  8. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    On My Soft Machine, introspective icon Arlo Parks practises an admirable gratitude for life in the face of some of its greatest challenges
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  9. 8.0 |   Clash

    ‘My Soft Machine’ is a triumph, matching the heights of her debut while embracing some unexpected aspects
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  10. 8.0 |   Gigwise

    A compelling step
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  11. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Parks has a skill for inviting listeners not only into her mind, but into her immediate environment, and the effects bring her racing emotions right to the forefront
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  12. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    Parks’ candor and lyricism aches with a youthful tenderness so full of heart that it can trump any perceived failing in this near perfect follow up
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  13. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    This is essential listening for anyone looking to repair their relationship with themselves more than anyone else
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  14. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Eyes may be on the US market, but the honesty of Parks' expression holds. Print edition only

  15. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    My Soft Machine’s matured vulnerability and consistently interesting production keep Arlo Parks as one of indie’s most moving and rewardingly accessible songwriters
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  16. 6.9 |   Pitchfork

    The singer-songwriter’s second album is headier and more dynamic than her Mercury Prize-winning debut, but its sharp writing is often blunted by its temperate sound
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  17. 6.0 |   NME

    The Mercury Prize-winner's second album treads familiar ground, though the turns of phrase remain remarkable
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  18. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Too much of My Soft Machine is too smooth by half. Print edition only

  19. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    Though buoyed by Arlo Parks’ resilience and desire for authentic union with a partner, My Soft Machine is over reliant on predictable sonics and vague melodies
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  20. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    It’s Peak Parks and what a joy that is to have her back
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  21. 6.0 |   Albumism

    There is no doubting Parks’ artistry and her lyrics remain vital and impressive. But the music, at times, ventures towards the less memorable end of the scale and that is something of a shame
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  22. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    There is much softness to Arlo Parks’s second album, even if it is a touch too sweet in places
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  23. 4.0 |   The FT

    The singer’s prizewinning debut album, ‘Collapsed in Sunbeams’, has given her a high bar to reach
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