ARTIST                      :           GARY BARLOW

GENRE                      :           POP

DATE RELEASED   :           2013

Gary Barlow is an award winning songwriter on top of being one of the lead vocalists of the famous British Band Take That.  As a songwriter, he is more concerned with lyrics, melodies, hooks, and other relevant things when it comes to musical composition.  Why is there a need to point this out?  Primarily because, listening to his songs is like listening to old school music.  You know those with real music instruments instead of the bleeps and beats of synthesizers and other EDM technologies.

Thus, in this album you find “real music.”  It means that he is more into telling something in a song.  Thus, in he has a song dedicated to his friends when time comes he will leave this world in “Requiem.” He sang about letting him go in “Let Me Go.” He extolled also the value of having an inspiration and guidance in “Face to Face.”  He also dabbled with spirituality and finding God in the song what else but “God.”  He also showed his conservative side by appreciating traditional girls in “Small Town Girls.”

It can also be deduced that this album is about longing or missing someone as what the song “We Like To Love” indicated in its lyrics.  There was a bit of longing for family in the song “The House.” Thus, he continued expressing these longings in “More Than Life.” The song “Since I Saw You Last” could be about redemption. Indeed, there are many stories and emotions that are expressed in this record.  The problem is that some songs are too wordy in expressing these thoughts and other songs have few words that were not enough for listener to decipher what the song is all about.  Thus, one needs several listening repetition to know what the song was all about.

As a personal album, many songs are capable of hitting different kinds of emotions.  With that I rate this record 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.

Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it


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