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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Virginia singer-songwriter was produced with Mathew E. White.
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
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  1. May 25, 2018
    100
    You're hearing a songwriter who seems to know exactly what she wants to make, and has all the tools to do that. A glorious, glorious album.
  2. 83
    Faced with the unexpected, Prass evolved, trading inward-facing confessionalism for outward-facing perseverance and releasing one of 2018’s minor masterpieces in the process. Plus, you can most certainly dance to it.
  3. Q Magazine
    May 24, 2018
    80
    The result is a surprisingly jubilant follow-up, with the Richmond, Virginia-based singer-songwriter largely disposing of her delicate sound in favour of groove, R&B and '80s pop. [Jul 2018, p.116]
  4. Mojo
    May 24, 2018
    80
    The Future and the Past is a triumph, a coming-of-age that over-delivers on all Prass promised, and suggests limitless skies in answer to where she might go next. [Jul 2018, p.86]
  5. May 31, 2018
    80
    Prass’s voice and writing are more than capable of handling the stylistic shift she’s initiated: indeed, they frequently feel liberated by it.
  6. Jun 15, 2018
    80
    The result is an impressive step forward, an album that finds Natalie Prass straddling the border between the future and the past, just as she promised.
  7. 60
    Over length of 12 tracks, the soul/G-funk stuff becomes a little one-note, while the Disney-fied material lacks the charm that makes Prass such an engaging, idiosyncratic performer.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
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  1. Jul 9, 2018
    10
    Truly one of the best albums from 2018 and as good as Press' previous self-title debut album.
  2. Jun 1, 2018
    10
    Esse álbum está simplesmente maravilhoso! A voz dela é perfeita, as musicas são gostosas de ouvir.
  3. Jul 9, 2018
    10
    At first listen "The Future and the Past" can sound a little simple, but the more you listen and pay attention to every single track in itsAt first listen "The Future and the Past" can sound a little simple, but the more you listen and pay attention to every single track in its productions, instrumentals, compositions, backgrounds and Natalie's vocal skills, the album turn into a real good trip inside the personal life from the amazing singer, songwriter and producer that Natalie Prass is. Expand
  4. Jul 9, 2018
    10
    Marvelously well-written and perfectly produced. Also, Natalie voice sounds like an angel.
  5. Jul 9, 2018
    10
    With increasingly assured songwriting, Natalie Prass demonstrates that she is on top of her game in the here and now.
  6. Jul 9, 2018
    10
    The Future And The Past is a journey of self-discovery brimming with hope and grooves made to help Prass and her listeners find optimism.
  7. Jun 6, 2018
    9
    I adore this record. The production is crisp and vibrant and Natalie's gorgeous voice floats above the instrumentals. Prass effortlessly jumpsI adore this record. The production is crisp and vibrant and Natalie's gorgeous voice floats above the instrumentals. Prass effortlessly jumps styles showcasing a versatility and complexity that I didn't expect coming off her self-titled album, which I also enjoyed. For my money, side B is the most impressive run of songs this year so far. Expand