Hayley Williams - Petals For Armor [2xLP]
Released in three parts over the course of this spring, Petals for Armor can be viewed as a trilogy of five songs each, where Williams explores her changing coping mechanisms in the midst of hardship.
Her path leads through seething rage, spontaneous revelation and, eventually, new romance. “Take the elephant by the hand and hold it/It’s cruel to tame a thing that don’t know its strength,” she sings early on the album, advising herself more than anyone. Though several of Williams’ bandmates contributed to the album – Paramore’s touring bassist Joey Howard is a co-writer with her on seven of the 15 tracks, and guitarist Taylor York is credited as a songwriter and producer – their presence is hardly felt. This is Williams’ journey to take.