With her 2014 début, Louder, Michele’s vocal prowess was somewhat hidden, pushed back in the mix and overwhelmed by big beats and tonnes of musical gloss. From the outset, Places distinguishes itself as a far more mature album, with the layers of commercial production stripped away, replaced by more traditional orchestration – plenty of piano and strings – and Michele’s voice rightfully taking centre-stage. Lead single, Love is Alive, immediately establishes the tone of the record, sounding like a song from a musical’s soundtrack.

This is an extract from a review originally published on the 16th May 2017. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.


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