It’s been nearly six years since Dia Frampton released Red, her first solo album following her stint on NBC’s The Voice. It was all but impossible not to fall in love with Frampton, as many watched her make it all the way to the finale where she finished second place to Javier Colon. For many of us though, we were already fans of Frampton and her sister Meg. The duo that was, Meg and Dia.
Here, Here and Here will always be up there as one of my favorite albums to turn on when I need the music version of comfort food. So for a fan like me, it is not always easy to see an artist transition from one sound to the other like Dia Frampton has. Although I enjoyed Red, I did feel it was a bit rushed as many post-reality show albums can be. Bruises on the other hand is well worth the six years of waiting.
Although she continues down the path of a more pop sound with Bruises, this album features a much more mature sound and sharp as a tack production. Frampton‘s voice hits a new high as well, as she unabashedly explores every nook and cranny of her range and texture. Bruises starts strong with “Hope”, continues to build with “Lights” and “Golden Years” and finishes brilliantly with “White Dress” and “Die Wild”.
Waiting a while for new music from an artist you love can be be tough, but if the end result turns out like Dia Frampton‘s…it’s hard to argue against getting it right. This one could definitely be a contender for my favorite album of 2017 come end of the year.
You can pick Bruises by Dia Frampton on iTunes now. And check out The Voice alum in her official video for “Don’t Look Back”.
Editor in Chief of Lemonade Magazine
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