Gabrielle Aplin: English Rain review

I’m so very sorry there haven’t been any updates recently, work has been very busy for the last couple of weeks.

Gabrielle-Aplin-English-Rain

Want to know why this blog is generally pretty positive? Because there is so much irritating cynicism on the internet I don’t think it needs anymore. *Spoilers* this review is positive too, what’re you gonna do?

I pre ordered this album way back when she released “The Power Of Love”, I don’t usually pre order things off the strength of one single, but that was a truly excellent single, does the album live up to my hopes? Yes, for the most part.

The album open with her latest single “Panic Cord” a very breezy number that, like most of the album skips along at a lovely pace, I love her voice it’s beautiful and as the album continues, it and the songs range from sad to happy but it never feels jarring, a couple of highlights include, “How do you feel today” and the new revamped version of “home”.

I like this album a lot, my problem though is that… I don’t love it, because unlike Lucy Rose’s near perfect debut, which touched me deeply, real whole body goose-bump covering heartbreaking lyricism, coupled with a fantastic musical arrangement, and it felt like a cohesive whole, this album always feels like a collection of bits rather than an album, but so do many peoples debuts.

She has immense talent and I will be with her from now on, as long as she continues to make good music, I just hope her next album will feel more complete, one last thing, I have never felt more glad an album had a secret track, as, had it not had a secret track the final track would’ve left a bitter taste in my mouth, as the secret track is a much more fitting end to the album, than start of time which is a bit bland and predictable.

Rating 4/5 an excellent debut that shows a huge amount of potential, go buy it.

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