I have been a long-time fan of Lea Michele. I loved her before Glee when she starred in Spring Awakening. She is one of the most talented people in the world. She is right up there with Broadway greats like Idina and Barbara. I was thrilled when I found out she was going to release an album. So obviously I needed to write a review. So without further ado, I give you Louder by Lea Michele.
Burn With You
There is a pretty good chance that this is my favorite song on the album. The conviction and emotion in her voice is so strong that it just shoots right through you. The lyrics are a true testament to love. I have not experienced something this strong before but it's something I feel we should all have one day. To love someone so much that you will follow them to hell is extraordinary. Just the vocals on this record are incredible. You can feel what she's singing rather than just hear it. The first time I heard this song, I got goosebumps.
Battlefield is such a raw song. I was watching her track-by-track interview on Vevo and she mentioned that this song is basically the demo. It was written by Sia and Lea wasn't even sure she would get it. She recorded it twice, Sia and the label loved it and she got the song. They offered a re-record but because it was so emotional and just so honest, they kept it on the album as is. So when we listen to this, we basically get a live performance from her.
You're mine is vastly different than the last two songs. It's upbeat, positive and about a happy time. It's about finding that one person you want to be with the rest of your life and dedicating yourself to them completely. Lea even mentioned that this was her and Cory's song. It represents the best time in her life and I'm so happy she was able to share that with us.
I love this song. It definitely comes in a close second to Burn With You. I just feel like it's a great anthem. Live life. Be bold. I am predicting that this will be my summer song. What do you guys think?
This song was written by Christina Perri and it's obviously so. I really do love this song though. The vocals are amazing, as always, but different than the other songs. It's just a happy, pretty song. If Lea Michele were to make a music video for this song, I would imagine her wearing a flowy dress in some kind of garden. I don't say that in jest, I really mean it. It's just a happy and beautiful song.
If You Say So
Listen to this song without crying. I dare you. Lea Michele wrote this with Sia after Cory died and it is potentially one of the most emotional songs on the album in my opinion. You can hear the grief in her voice. It's about the fear of forgetting details of someone who you loved so much and lost. With the passing of time, we naturally begin to forget some things that we never really thought about. For some people I've lost, it's their voice. More importantly, it's just about being desperate to cling on to this person because it hurts too much to let them go.
Have you guys heard Lea Michele's album? What do you think? Any favorites??
*I do not own any of the songs or videos in this post. All rights go to the appropriate owners*