In a sentence:
Hayley Williams’ debut solo album ‘Petals For Armor’ showcases a different and interesting side to her personality outside of the context of Paramore.
Hayley Williams is a name that many will already be
familiar with, due to her long and successful career with Paramore.
This month, Williams released her fist solo record titled Petals For Armor,
an album which allowed her to present a different side of herself: much more
vulnerable, while also sonically different to the kind of music that made her
Williams’ new record is actually a collection of three EPs,
with each one of those representing a different temperament and a different
theme, but all coming under one umbrella of the author’s traumas and journey to
healing. On Petals For Armor we can hear how deeply personal Williams
must have become to really expose what has been going on underneath and record
an album which would represent her experiences truthfully.
On her new record, Williams sings about anger, frustration
and releasing those emotions which “felt like pulling a very deep splinter out”,
but also gave her a chance to step into a new, healthier and more positive
place in her life. Exhausted by a relationship which impacted not only her
self-esteem, but also her willingness to ever commit to another person again,
Williams found her way to freedom and strength eventually, sharing that process
on Petals For Armor.
There is an abundance of moments on this record which show
how good of a songwriter Williams has become over the years and how skilfully
she managed to use her traumas and emotions in music. Subtle and calm ‘Leave It
Alone’ is actually a song written about the rage and fury which can build
within us and destroy us quietly, perfectly encapsulating the theme of the
When we move forward to the middle part of Petals For
Armor we can hear Williams singing on a more positive note. On ‘Dead Horse’ she’s
beating depression without ever looking back, while on ‘Over Yet’ she’s finally
bringing a generous amount of realistic optimism to the table, explaining that “if
there’s resistance it makes you stronger, when there’s persistence, you can go
And with this persistence to overcome trauma and loneliness
caused by it, Williams found her own way to admitting that intimacy and human
connection is something that she’d like to welcome in her life again. The third
part of the record feels like a cathartic release, for the listener too,
knowing that those good moments do finally come and sometimes, it’s as simple (but
also difficult) as saying to yourself to “stop acting so tough”.
Petals For Armor reveals so much about Hayley Williams
that it would be hard not to empathize with her and see how meaningful
recording this album must have been. The astounding honesty with which she
approach making this album is something to look up to and maybe even learn
from, knowing that she fought the hardest battles in her life and still found
herself falling in love again. (7/10) (Alicja Rutkowska)
Listen to Petals For Armor by Hayley Williams here via Spotify, and tell us what you think below!
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