Someone out there really does like the latest album from British songstress Rae Morris. And that someone would be our reviewer David.
There are moments when you regularly explore new music that you regret.
Often it’s because you have missed out on the start of a talented artist’s career.
And when I heard what was arguably the best song of 2017, I knew this was one of those moments.
This is the second album that Rae Morris has released but one that’s garnered a bit more attention.
‘Somewhere Out There’ has all the makings to take out album of the year for 2018. For me, it’s the first great release of 2018.
If I had to start somewhere, it’s the epic single that is ‘Do It’. There’s something so simple about the composition that makes it undeniably catchy.
Accompanied by a great music video and one of my favourite choruses of 2017, this song just sets the tone for the whole album and sets the standard of song you’ll experience.
Midway through, the focus does shift to a slightly darker place which just adds more depth to the tunes. The piano chords that underpin ‘Physical Form’ do a beautiful job of making the song feel moody, but lift you up – no mean feat.
‘Rose Garden’ is another stunner of a track. While not an obvious single choice, it’s a sonically rich track which creates some beautiful imagery through its composition. It’s one of the things I love about this album.
Rae has mainly worked with UK art pop artist Fryers on this album and it’s evident they connect on a deep level to create something so spectacular.
There are other contributions from pop production powerhouses like Ariel Rechtshaid (Carly Rae Jepson, Adele, HAIM) and Starsmith (Ellie Goulding, Jess Glynne) which add some variety too.
This is a powerful, strong and confident second album which is a special listen. It’s diverse but focused and its sheer ability to capture your attention isn’t something that often happens.
VERDICT : 5/5.
MUST LISTEN : Do It, Physical Form, Rose Garden.