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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  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. 80
    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.
  4. Uncut
    May 24, 2018
    80
    While Prass's gossamer tone is still light and distinctive. The moods, textures and themes, however, have evolved. [Jul 2018, p.35]
  5. May 31, 2018
    80
    She's quite literally found her groove, nicking pieces of '70s and '80s pop and R&B to give the tracks, performed once again by producer Matthew E. White and his Spacebomb Studio's crack house band, a bit more swing. Though they lack the natural funkiness of say, the Dap Kings, the crew once again deftly evoke the past without ever inhabiting it, creating a record that, while conceivably could exist in any moment in time, still feels modern.
  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: 3 out of 3
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  1. Jun 1, 2018
    10
    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. Jun 1, 2018
    10
    Esse álbum está simplesmente maravilhoso! A voz dela é perfeita, as musicas são gostosas de ouvir.
  3. 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