ALBUM REVIEW: Braids – Shadow Offering | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 24.04.20







When Braids began building up to their new album, they did it with Eclipse (Ashley), an ode to Raphaelle Standell-Preston’s best friend and a powerful burst of open-hearted electro pop. The rest of Shadow Offering follows suit, coming together to form one of the band’s most consistently bold albums, both lyrically and musically, from the sweeping elegance of Just Let Me to the nine-minute epic of Snow Angel.

It doesn’t always hit the mark though, with some of the tracks in the album’s middle section feeling slightly flat and Standell-Preston’s vocal mix threatening to overshadow everything else on the otherwise tender Ocean. Nevertheless, Shadow Offering presents an often expansive and honest reflection on pain, hope and much in-between.


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