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The best thing Gabrielle has ever recorded,
This review is from: Always (Audio CD)
There is no question - this is Gabrielle's masterpiece album. She's not groundbreaking in the Madonna/Bjork sense of the word... she's not got the technically astounding vocals of Mica Paris/Beverley Knight. But what Gabrielle has are pop songs that are simple, to the point and well-crafted. And on 'Always', her 5th studio album, she highlights this with an extraordinarily consistent collection of songs.
Her producers have pushed away from the country-leanings of her last, more introspective, album 'Play To Win' to create a modern sound, influenced by 60s/70s soul leanings as well.
From the Kanye West-esque title track to the Primal Scream influenced 'Heartbreaker' to the gentle soulful lead single, 'Why', featuring Paul Weller, Gabrielle tries her hand at different genres, all to excellent standards. She completely flourishes on epic sounding piano ballads like 'All I Want', 'Show Me Love' and the heartbreaking 'Closure' and her vocals have never sounded as empowered as they do in the closing minute of the 70s-sounding 'Every Little Teardrop'.
The theme of 'breaking up' recurs on nearly every track and yet Gabrielle has made the lyrics strangely uplifting - we learn so much from break-ups, they aren't just about heartache. That's the message I got from the album.
A resounding return to form for the UK's premier soul singer. Welcome back!