- Audio CD (10 Feb. 2013)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Single
- Label: EMI
- ASIN: B009WIPBSC
- Other Editions: Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 703,000 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Please Don't Say You Love Me Single
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Top Customer Reviews
As Please Don't Say You Love Me was the whole reason I bought the EP it is my favourite: a bitter-sweet song about the highs and lows of loving someone. I believe it will be the next song to be realised off of her upcoming album released in April.
Stranger Side has an almost country twang to it musically, and Rings Round Roses is a little play on the children's song Ring-a-ring O' Roses so lyrically it as a pleasant familiarity to it.
Although the piano version of Please Don't Say you Love Me is a repetition of the 1st song it is just Gabrielle's voice and piano and nothing else. It's more melancholy than the 1st, which is more upbeat. It's remarkable how different the two versions sound, the first definitely feels more uplifting and showcases the highs of love much more clearly, whereas the second is slower and feels like it's more about the lows of loving someone. Its melancholic tone speaks to the heart and illustrates the raw emotion in a similar way to Adele's Someone Like You, only not quite so well executed or powerful.
All in all it is a very sweet little EP and Gabrielle's breathy voice is very pleasant and relaxing.
Gabrielle Aplin sets herself apart from the usual chart fodder with beautiful melodies complimented by clever lyrics. While she does write a lot of love songs, the lyrics go beyond the typical "boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, stuff goes wrong, girl is sad".
It has to be said though that her voice is not incredible. In fact it's decidedly average. The real interest is not in her singing but in the music and the words.
The title track of this EP (or is it a single?) is a little downbeat but very moving. The words tell an intriquing love story full of wonderful little poetic phrases such as "Heavy words are hard to take, Under pressure precious things can break. How we feel is hard to fake, So let's not give the game away". Granted she's no Shakespeare but it's good enough for me.
Stranger Side is a little more vague and a lot more upbeat. With a happier tone, Gabrielle Aplin seems to explore life, love and everything as shared with a friend (or lover?) who sees things as she does. This song also features such bizarre lyrics as "Step across a line with an open mind and let go". Another cleverly written and highly enjoyable song.Read more ›
The title track, 'Please Don't Say You Love Me', is a lovely song with a memorable, sing-a-long melody with lots of sentiment that comes through nicely penned lyrics and a polished but still natural vocal performance.
Track 4 is also a completely different, Piano Version of the title track and well worth hearing for the contrast from the original version! The piano gives a maturity to the sound and makes it clear that 'Please Don't Say You Love Me' has what it takes to stand the test of time; a great song is a great song!
'Stranger Side' is more up tempo song and the singing is a little reminiscent of Lily Allen's style, which shows Gabrielle Aplin's diversity.
'Rings Round Roses' is slower with piano as the lead instrument and the vocals show the great range that Gabrielle Aplin possesses. I look forward to hearing more of her songs and singing on the forthcoming album, 'English Rain'.
EXCELLENT Value EP for the price of ONE Song! Definitely worth buying for the two bonus tracks, but mainly for the wonderful alternative, Piano Version of 'Please Don't Say You Love Me'!
Try Gabrielle's other work as well - you won't be disappointed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolute bargain for an EP which also includes a pared back piano only version of "Please Don't Say You Love Me". Read morePublished on 11 Aug. 2013 by Graham Burgin
I was lucky enough to see this lovely lady live and she was fantastic. So I bought the album shortly after and it's great.Published on 31 May 2013 by R Warne
After hearing a song on the radio I went in search and so glad to find it well recommended. So go on buy it you wont be disappointedPublished on 12 April 2013 by Gadget Girl
I love the songs and the voice adn the music. I want to hear more and as soon as I can find more I will buy it. Everything for me about it tells a tale.Published on 3 April 2013 by Mezza
Price is right - can't beat 89p for an EP. Songs are good but mp3 is rubbish quality. I'll be buying the CD.Published on 17 Mar. 2013 by Mark Simpson