Album Review: Lea Michele slay on ‘Places’

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After weeks of ballads, Lea Michele’s second album “Places” is finally here. “Places” is a departure from the poppy dance music that Lea featured on her debut album “Louder.”

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As I’ve stated in my multiple reviews of the songs she’s released, click the link about to read them, I’ve been worried about this album. Most of the songs she released early all sounded the same with the piano medley and the tunes pretty much being alike. I was also worried about the fact that it seems like she is given us an album complete made up of ballads. I’m happy to say that yes, the majority of songs are ballads but it’s probably the best album she has released so far.

The songs on the album are spaces out so well that when you do get to the songs that sound similar, you really don’t notice. The songs are listed in a way where it just flowed. There are no filler songs and each song holds it own. There weren’t any songs carrying the album. The production of each song was done so well. There’s a nice mixture of pop and broadway style ballads. While the broadway ballads are good, they don’t hold a candle to the epic pop ballads that are borderline power ballads. It really should be the other way around but either way, I’m not complaining.

The songs on the album will have you shook. The depth in the lyrics is amazing. She’s very transparent on the album and it’s so wonderful. It’s her most personal album and it really shows. All the lyrics are relatable and honest. You can even tell in her vocals, which are amazing. Her vocals slayed the entire album. The rawness in her vocals on certain songs added more depth and layers to the amazing songs.

Because the songs are mostly ballads, there really isn’t any high replay for the entire album itself. There are certain songs that you make your favorite but other than those, you probably will just skip over the rest of the album. Don’t get me wrong, the album is an enjoyable 40 minutes, but there’s not really anything making you want to listen to the songs you the other songs. If there was a mixture of non-ballads, then it would add some replay value. Another issue with the album, and it’s a strange one, but it left me wanting more. Sure, there are two exclusive bonus tracks from Target and if you live in Japan, but “Places” just needs an actual deluxe version. Having a standard and deluxe version just makes the album seem longer and makes you feel more fulfilled by listening to it.

Favorite songs:

  • “Tornado” is vocally superior than anything on the album. The acapella to start off the song and then it goes into the instrumental.
  • “Hey You” is a love letter to the late Cory Monteith and it’s just so touching and amazing. It just flows so well that you will be surprised by the end.
  • “Believer” is a fight song that is just addicting. It well produced with powerful lyrics. The probably the least ballad like ballad on the album.

Overall, this was an extremely enjoyable album. It’s an album that you can relax to or if you just want an easy listen to while you work. The replay value and the wanting more song from the album hurt the overall album but won’t ruin the listening experience. It should have had a deluxe version.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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New Song: Lea Michele releases ‘Gateway Car’

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Oh, it’s been a busy weekend so far in the music world. Shawn Mendes and Charlie Puth decided to release two singles in what I’m calling a musical “who’s dick is the biggest?” contest. Well, Lea Michele also decided to release a new song in order to hype up her latest album “Places” release on April 28th. And yet, we are still waiting for the music video for “Love is Alive.”

“Getaway Car” is another ballad because we can never have enough Lea Michele’s ballads…until now. The song is not a horrible song but rather one that overdone. If we didn’t have the other songs, then it would be fine. But it just blends into the “Love is Here” and “Run to You” because they sound the same. Sure, they are little differences that make them difference but it’s not that noticeable. So far, the only song that stands out is “Anything is Possible” and that’s because it’s different.

Like the songs before it, Lea’s vocals are killing it. Especially at the end when she and the backing vocals are just killing the song. At this point, it’s the understanding of the world that Lea Michele is the voice of a generation. The lyrics are about driving around town with your crush. It’s the simplest meaning but probably one of the most relatable topics she has sung about. Everyone has done it

Overall, It’s not a bad song and actually one that is beautiful. But because it sounds like the other songs we’ve heard so far, it just gets lost in the shuffle of the other songs. The fact it gets lost in the shuffle is a horrible thing.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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Single review: Lea Michele releases ‘Run to You’

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Lea Michele had graced us with another song off of her upcoming second album “Places.”  This will be her third song that she has released so far and…well, I’ll be talking about this in two parts: The review of the song and overall thoughts of what songs we’ve gotten. I have some thought that isn’t really fair to the song.

“Run to You” is a love ballad about loving someone so much that you will do anything for them. It’s lyrically a very good song. It’s not the strongest lyrically she has done but it makes up with it when how the song was produced and how Lea performs it vocally.

Vocally, it’s probably one of her strongest performance to date behind her first single “Love is Alive.” Lea singing ballads likes it’s nobody’s business to the point where most of us would be fine with it. Lea has the voice that would make an Angel cry. She’s that darn good.

Now the production and how the instrumental of the song is literally better than any song she has put out. The way it progresses and helps tell the story of the song just makes it so good. It’s got grand at the climax of the song and helps Lea just carry out the song like she was Rachel Berry from “Glee” again.

Overall, the song is probably the best song that she has put out so far. While the lyrics aren’t the best, her vocals and how the flow of the song makes up for it.

…..now it’s time for my thoughts. sigh. It was rather hard to write this review mainly because I feel like it’s the same review of “Love is Alive.” So far off of “Places,” we have two ballads and one song that isn’t really a ballad. I’m totally fine with an album full of ballads, it just it sounds both “Love is Alive” and “Run to You” just sound the same. It really takes aways from each other. I’m glad they are on different spot on the album but it makes me wonder if this is what her album is going to be – a bunch of ballads that are similar. I hope if there are any more song premiering off the album before the release, I just hope that there’s little more differences in style.

Here’s the song for your ears to enjoy:

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Lea Michele releases ‘Anything’s Possible’

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While it’s not the official second single, Lea Michele decides to release “Anything’s Possible” as a pre-order bonus for her second album “Places.”

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“Anything’s Possible” is a return to what her first album “Louder” was. It’s poppy with an infectious beat and melody that will have you grooving. The only thing different about it is that it’s more of a fight song than just a normal pop song. The lyrics are well written and have well thought out meaning to them. According to Lea, the song itself has been her own fight song:

This is a song about having faith through whatever life brings your way. To always believe that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that anything is truly possible. It’s about leaving the negativity and the past behind and moving forward with confidence and strength.”

The song is really good and shows that “Places” will be a more personal album than her first one, which was supposed to be a personal album as well. It also shows that it will be a combination of different styles of music, which will either be a good thing or a bad thing. “Love is Alive” was more of a piano ballad that felt like it was geared towards her broadway roots. “Anything’s Possible”  is hardcore pop. I would consider it the sister song to “Cannonball.”

Her vocals on the song are amazing. Say what you want about Lea Michele but her vocals are unreal. The power that she has and they way she uses them. They can leave you speechless. They are freaking amazing on this song. The last run through before the end get a tad bit hairy with it sounding like she’s too much for the microphone or she’s putting so much into the vocals, it’s straining her voice. Oh, she’s also not over pronouncing either like she did in “Cannonball.”

Overall, the song is great and it’s amazing to hear her return to pop music. “Places” will be out on April 28th.

Here’s the song for your ears to enjoys:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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