Album Review of Invitation by Heather Woods Broderick.

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Heather Woods Broderick

Invitation by Heather Woods Broderick

Release Date: Apr 19, 2019
Record label: Western Vinyl Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Folk

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Invitation - Very Good, Based on 2 Critics

The 405 - 75
Based on rating 7.5/10

For her third solo album, Heather Woods Broderick returned to the Oregon coast where she spent her childhood summer day-trips, revisiting innocent childhood memories and taking time to herself to process her life experiences as an adult. In the end, she created a collection of dreamy baroque-pop songs full of observations about her life as a touring musician and the personal and financial sacrifices that come with it. Her first proper album in four years, Invitation is a vastly different experience compared to 2015's Glider, whose hazy heavy dream-pop was lush and orchestral but also felt occasionally indistinct and implied more emotion than than it conveyed.

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The Line of Best Fit - 70
Based on rating 7/10

Her sophomore LP, 2015's Glider, personified a rambling restlessness - from wind-swept desert to breathy shady pine forests to the sweaty bluesy South. It's no secret the sense of wandering injected Glider's songs was a product of the fleeting life of a musician. It's also no secret - and, in a sad sense, no surprise - that such a life's tenuousness would break its owner; thus, Broderick's follow up LP, Invitation, is a chronicle of its author's attempt to reset and rebuild its pieces.

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