REVIEW: Collapsed in Sunbeams by Arlo Parks

Silky smooth vocals combined with lyrics that are filled with compassion makes this debut album a soothing listen.

Ok yes it has taken me some time to get around to listening to this debut album – for which I can only apologise! But now that I have, I have a funny feeling that it will be constantly on repeat.

Understated, beautiful and filled with such compassion this is one of the most thoughtful and engaging debut albums that I have listened to.

From the wonderfully poetic opening spoken word track ‘Collapsed in Sunbeams’ that sets the tone for the album nicely, all the way through to ‘Portra 400’ this is an album that has been very carefully constructed with songs that really speak to the heart.

With understated confidence Arlo Parks has created an album that will speak to people in many different ways – particularly if you listen to the lyrics on Hope on which she proclaims ‘you’re not alone’, ringing out with complete sincerity that from other singers might come across as a little forced. This is equally matched on Too Good, a real standout track that has got a lovely catchy rhythm to it that makes it a pleasure to listen to.

Elsewhere, the summery vibes of Green Eyes is delivered with grace and warmth that suits the gentleness of her vocals and the high quality of the lyrics. The listener is constantly engaged in what she has to say through her delicate songs.

Throughout the listener feels soothed as if she is singing directly to you, drawing you into her thoughts and observations in a stylish way. It is difficult not to be charmed by songs such asEugene and Bluish, which changes the tone of the album slightly in a subtle way to add some additional depth to this accomplished album.

Nothing about this album feels contrived, it is a thoughtful sensitive and observant debut that is impressive from start to finish.

By Emma Clarendon

Collapsed in Sunbeams is available to buy and download now.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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