Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
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  1. Oct 4, 2018
    The sun-kissed Laurel Canyon pop of "Dangerous Place" tackles the push and pull of creative collaboration, neatly summarizing Burch's modus operandi: wide-open sonic aesthetics with a pointed and poignant message behind it.
  2. Oct 12, 2018
    Molly Burch’s debut saw her emerge as one of the finest songwriters around, and the follow up only cements that.
  3. 80
    Like Peggy Lee, Francoise Hardy, Jane Birkin and others, Molly Burch is a chanteuse, exploring the edges of noir songs with beauty, sadness, and an honest vulnerability that’s powerful yet strikingly understated.
  4. Uncut
    Oct 4, 2018
    This equally fine sophomore effort sees Burch take a few steps into the present. [Nov 2018, p.25]
  5. Oct 4, 2018
    Burch has managed to find common ground between desire and determination and meld them with steady assurance.
  6. Dec 7, 2018
    First Flower feels like a reclusive album emotionally, lyrically, and musically--but it’s one that actively strives to break through. It feels like being trapped inside your own thoughts, battling with the kinds of choices that incrementally alter your life on a daily basis.
  7. Oct 12, 2018
    First Flower builds on where last year's blue winter debut Please Be Mine left off, but with the edges polished and dusted for a brighter sheen. Burch still occupies her old stomping ground of romantic pining, but she works in a few clever twists.
  8. Oct 4, 2018
    Taken together, the record's simple ballroom dance rhythms, memorable melodies, and nuanced performances are a recipe for pop confection, however unhappy.
  9. Oct 22, 2018
    The songs on First Flower are vibrant and warm--fine dinner party music, if not gripping enough to stop the conversation in its tracks. Still, Burch’s emotional openness and introspection are promising, and her technical skill is undeniable. Her highly versatile vocals add texture, nuance, and depth to everything she sings.
  10. Q Magazine
    Oct 4, 2018
    There are moments of brilliance--the title track features a stunning guitar section, while Every Little Thing is a powerful reminder of the importance of self-forgiveness--yet First Flower occasionally fails to live up to its predecessor. [Nov 2018, p.102]
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  1. Oct 10, 2018
    She’s incredible! I discovered her thanks to TiDAL Rising, and this album is truly exceptional.