Article originally appeared in The Music Feb 23rd 2017
Loquacious but laconic, almost despondently idyllic, Preservation is a deeply personal emergence story framed as though Gus Van Sant were directing a butterfly biopic, so that every triumph still feels a bit muddy and conflicted. Reid’s latest comes with a much fuller sound than her first, somehow rounded and confident while still maintaining the supple, yearning vocality and folkish modernity of her storytelling. Effectively an album about the exploration of self, its climaxes are more intimate and more subtle, the sounds of minor successes put to string. Preservation is mellow, mature and quietly at peace with the world.