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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the Australian singer-songwriter was produced by Dean Tuza.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
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  1. Mar 8, 2019
    90
    Instrumentally, there's a flare and excitement that was lacking on previous work. Each song is unique, rarely applying the same formula twice. Fortunately, she's ensured every musical choice, structural or instrumental, serves a purpose. ... Stella never beats around the bush, and because of that, there is a magnetism to this album.
  2. Mar 8, 2019
    85
    Beware of the Dogs is a melodic, memorable package overflowing with promise.
  3. 83
    The carefully composed rock here reminds us that our journeys are our own, regardless of whatever else we tack onto them. No matter how full Donnelly’s hands get with the interpersonal frustrations of day-to-day life and the wounds of the past, the world is still hers for the taking, and she makes it feel like it’s all of ours, too.
  4. Mar 11, 2019
    80
    What makes Beware the Dogs such a fun and engaging listen is how Donnelly expresses her opinions with such imperfect candor. There's not a second where you doubt that she's not amusing herself, relishing the creative side in her intimate space with her tongue firmly in cheek.
  5. Mar 11, 2019
    80
    Her delicate fingerpicking and shimmering vibrato carried her across state lines, oceans, into record deals and mixing rooms. The juxtaposition is apt: Beware of the Dogs is Stella adjusting the scales, shifting seamlessly between intimate and all-encompassing.
  6. Mar 11, 2019
    76
    Fierce as Donnelly’s writing can be, it’s empathetic to the core.
  7. Mar 8, 2019
    70
    Donnelly never wavers in her directness or honesty, but doesn't equate strong statements with volume. Instead, her well-constructed and sometimes weightless songs crush their enemies with a knowing smile and a gentle fist.

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  1. Mar 8, 2019
    9
    Totally amazing, Stella delivered so good on this proyect, the lyrics, the instrumentals, Thebest debut album of the year so far
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    Totally amazing, Stella delivered so good on this proyect, the lyrics, the instrumentals, Thebest debut album of the year so far
    Fav tracks. Die,tricks,boys will be boys, watching telly, mosquito
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  2. Apr 2, 2019
    8
    I like this album! I really do. There are some great ideas and interesting tunes on this.