I’ve never done an album or song review before- on my blog or elsewhere. That said, I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited about an album release in my life. Ever. I don’t know will any other release ever excite me as much.
If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll probably know by now that I am truly obsessed with Lewis Capaldi. I have been since not too long ago, when I saw him at the 3Arena where he played before Picture This. Since I’ve been hooked, both on his music and he’s Instagram stories, which always make my day better!
I stayed up specifically to listen to the album in its entirety, all near 43 minutes of it, and I can honestly say I was not disappointed. Going by Lewis’ song releases to date, and how he’s spoken of the album I knew I was expecting a lot of heartbreak. The first four songs aren’t any surprises.
The album opens with Grace, a song that we’re no strangers to. The song is about the almost indescribable feeling of falling in love with someone, and having your look on life changed due to that person, “I was only just a breath removed from going to waste ’till I found salvation in the form of your grace…”
Another song we’ve heard before, Bruises takes the place of track number two. The song opens with just Capaldi and the piano, as he speaks of how he’s counting the days since he’s love left him.
I’ve been obsessed with Hold Me While You Wait since it was released recently. I love the mix of piano and strumming of the guitar. On his Instagram Lewis reveals quite jokingly how the song is about a girlfriend that no longer wanted to be with him. They await another lover for her, that would be a better suitor than Lewis. The song goes through a roller coaster of emotions, depicted through the highs and lows of the instrumental that accompanied his voice.
The song that held the #1 place for 7 weeks, Someone You Loved takes the fourth place on the album, and it’s as good as ever. Someone You Loved is a very open-ended song and can be applied to both heartbreak due to relationships but also can be applied to the heartbreak over the loss of a family member.
Track number 5 on the album, Maybe is the first of many new releases, and all I can say is we’re off to a good start, as far as I’m concerned.
One, track 7 is one of my favourite new releases on the album. I feel like it’s quite a stripped back track of Lewis’, just the piano and his voice. Essentially, the song is a ‘thank you’ note of sorts to his lovers ex-lover for letting her go and allowing him the opportunity to pick up the pieces. Lewis sings a lot softer here accompanied by the piano thanking “the one that let her get away.”
Don’t Get Me Wrong, again starts off really sort, but introduces a big chorus, with lots of perfect high notes being hit throughout. The second verse incorporates a type of choral-like “ooooooooh… ooooooh” to harmonize Lewis’ vocals. I love how Lewis’ ends with an acapella verse, highlighting his voice furthermore.
Hollywood takes us through the motions of Lewis’ wanting to forget about “you and I”. Hollywood is a bit of a step away from what I would expect from Lewis, as it’s very pop-py and can almost resemble a dance tune. Though we still have an underlying theme of heartbreak and love, the dance-beat and chorus almost disguise this, further encouraging the act of forgetting.
Capaldi opens the next track with a piano again, but this time it feels different, as he sings about how he’s lost on his love in Lost on You. This song really shows his wide vocal range as he opens with an almost whisper-like softness. As we get to the chorus we are introduced to the wider range of his vocals, as he incorporates some big notes, along with a lot of thrills, rolls and shakes in his voice. Though Lewis is in love here the song is about the accepting of it not being enough, he sings about how he has been a slave, “Hope you’ll be safe in the arms of another because I can’t take the weight of your love.”
The last track on the album, Headspace takes away the piano solos Lewis has done on quite a few of the tracks on the album and brings in a guitar to strum the notes along with Lewis as he sings
‘Divinely Uninspired To a Hellish Extent’ is the perfect debut album from 22-year old Lewis Capaldi. The album, bursting with piano ballads perfectly captures the emotions of Lewis as he sings his way through heartbreak and the ups and downs of love. For me, the album was everything I had anticipated and more- lots lots more, and if this debut is anything to go by I’m already looking for album number two!
What did you think Lewis Capaldi’s debut album? What was your favorite song? Let me know in the comments!