Things I’ve Never Said is the debut album from Newbury, England’s Frances. The 23-year old singer/songwriter learned piano from studying Coldplay song books as a child. Although Frances enjoyed success in her native country releasing a couple EPs, Things I’ve Never Said is very much her introduction to North America.
Clocking in at just under an hour of play time, this 16-song album fluctuates between several different sounds. The base is piano pop, but hints of R&B are easily detected in songs like, “No Matter”, while tracks such as “When It Comes To Us” feature familiar and relevant sounds from today’s Top 40. The album’s strongest moment – in my opinion – happens at the beginning with “Love Me Again”. Frances‘ voice is at its best, as is the connection between the artist and the lyrics.
I frequently lament shorter albums, especially those under 10 tracks. With that said, my one true criticism of Things I’ve Never Said is the length. Trimming a few songs would have done wonders for cohesiveness and created a more well-rounded effort. The same could be said for a couple of the songs that go on just a little bit longer than necessary.
Things I’ve Never Said features some interesting choices with the production throughout, but inevitably is a strong showing.
Pick up Things I’ve Never Said (Deluxe) by Frances on iTunes now. Also check out her video for “Grow” below!
Editor in Chief of Lemonade Magazine
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