It’s taken Conrad Sewell four years to bring his new album ‘Life’… to life, which is a long time to stew over a debut album. But boy has it been worth the wait.
I had kind of dismissed the album release with the amount of times I’d heard ‘Healing Hands’ through radio and TV promotion spots, but if you’ve overplayed his songs and decide to ignore this, you’re making a big mistake.
Album opener ‘Testify’ sets the tone for the rest of the work. Full, deep drums support a clear crisp vocal and haunting melody that bring the song to life. It’s not an ear worm, but it gets you to sit up and take notice.
Moving onto uplifting and honest tracks ‘Changing’ and ‘Healing Hands’ you get a sense of how hard Conrad’s life has been and how he’s moved forward.
It’s obvious from a lot of the songs how many twists and turns his life has experienced at a young age. Not afraid to call things out directly, his bad behaviour of the past has inspired him to tell his stories and heal his pain through music. And we are privileged to hear it.
Listen closely to the lyrics of ‘Big World’ and you’ll hear someone who so badly wants to look to the future but does so with caution.
‘Light In The Dark’ is Conrad reaching up for support and finding it in the people he loves the most.
‘City Of Angels’ is as direct a lyric as you’ll hear, with Conrad describing just how much trouble he got up to in L.A. And it’s something real that the listener can connect to.
‘Belong’ is my favourite track here; his voice soars and the song feels like a revelation. It’s one I went back to many times.
I am really impressed with the honesty and realness Conrad has brought to his debut album.
He’s been able to live and translate those experiences into brilliant songs we get to hear.
He’s worked with some amazing writers (Stuart Crichton, Wrabel) which has allowed him to keep his human pulse in place.
‘LIFE’ is about living it, respecting it and finding your place in the world. And find it he has.
VERDICT : 5/5.
MUST LISTEN : Changing, Belong, Big World.