Gabrielle Aplin
Never Fade


4.0
excellent

Review

by SowingSeason STAFF
December 21st, 2011 | 45 replies | 8,497 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Gabrielle shows us why she is one of the top artists to watch in 2012.

The future looks extremely promising for Gabrielle Aplin, the nineteen year old pop singer/songwriter fresh out of Bath, Somerset. On the verge of releasing her third EP since 2010, she has already been warmly received by fans and critics alike, and Never Fade is a perfect example of why that is. With a four song album length that is modest even by extended play standards, Aplin’s second official release offers a glimpse of what is forthcoming from the mesmeric, whimsical starlet.

With the Acoustic EP in the rearview mirror and the Home EP on the horizon, Never Fade proves to be an important stepping stone in Gabrielle’s still very young career. Whereas her earlier material was focused on stripped-down instrumentation and threadbare production, this EP takes her a small step closer to the limelight. There is a figurative bounce in her step that translates straight onto this record, and her confidence can be felt in the triumphant sounding rhythm of the title track as well as the layered vocal melodies of ‘Lying To The Mirror.’ ‘Panic Chord’ is as uncommon as it is infectious, making for one of the best under-the-radar finds of the year, while the closing track ‘Puzzle Piece’ puts Aplin’s pipes on full display to a background of thunderous drum beats. As the waning moments of ‘Puzzle Piece’ fade out, the listener is left spellbound in a buoyant aura that feels like anything but the end – an appropriate conclusion for an artist who likely has some tremendous success heading her way. The EP’s only flaw may be that there isn’t more of it, but that is an issue that will surely be rectified as fans cry out for more material from the clearly talented songstress.

All in all, the songs on Never Fade make for an irresistible appetizer, complete with pop, indie, and folk flavors that will dance on your aural palette. There’s nothing here that insists upon a complete crossover into accessibility, but the mere presence of mainstream ingredients within the shadow of Aplin’s much quirkier style (in the vein of Lanu’s Megan Washington or Ingrid Michaelson) is what makes this such an intriguing piece. Those looking for flawlessly crafted melodies and heavy doses of personality need not look past Never Fade, which proves to be Aplin’s most colorful composition to date. Look out 2012, because charming indie-pop just might have a new heir to the throne.



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SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
December 21st 2011



15889 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The first artist in my quest to unveil underrated bands/musicians this coming year. Here are some links for your convenience:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0fa5-LWHIM

"Never Fade"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmNXFlwYBdQ

"Lying to the Mirror"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6D1GRCZpaC4

"Panic Chord"


Couldn't find a good link to the last song, but if you like the other 3 I'm sure you'll find it on your own.

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Electric City
Staff Reviewer
December 21st 2011



15732 Comments


sometimes i wonder if youre actually a 17 year old girl who really likes english class

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
December 21st 2011



15889 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

why, you want a piece of this?

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
December 21st 2011



10064 Comments


Good review!

She's adorable, so I'll probably like this (shallowness revealed). There are a little quirks I don't like, but overall it's pretty tight.

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
December 21st 2011



10064 Comments


By the way, here's a link for Puzzle Piece:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Em5ybMZVkDY

Eko
December 21st 2011



2119 Comments


jeez she looks like she's 15 in that picture

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
December 21st 2011



15889 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

she's 19, and pretty easy on the eyes if you ask me

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
December 21st 2011



10064 Comments


She's a year older than me? Damn, that really seems crazy.

BallsToTheWall
December 21st 2011



44164 Comments


Good review, I love female songwriters so ill probably give this a ring.



Willie
Moderator
December 22nd 2011



15911 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

She's pretty hot, and both her EPs are on Spotify. I haven't listened to them yet, though.

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SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
December 22nd 2011



15889 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Why do you want to neg this?

Hordewolf
December 22nd 2011



353 Comments


Just ignore her, Sowing. It's not worth the debate anyway.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
December 22nd 2011



15889 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I promise I would have reviewed them if I knew who they were ; (

Tyrael
December 22nd 2011



20824 Comments


I'm in love

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 22nd 2011



31087 Comments


I promise I would have reviewed them if I knew who they were ; (


How do you not know who Natalie Imbruglia is?

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SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
December 22nd 2011



15889 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I quite simply have never heard the name, but I'd be happy to explore some of her work

Tyrael
December 22nd 2011



20824 Comments


Don't! It's a trap

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
December 22nd 2011



15889 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If it's anything like this, I want to be trapped

Tyrael
December 22nd 2011



20824 Comments


It's like a TERRIBLE version of this

fuck I gotta write something and I don't have inspiration

fuckfuckfuck

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 22nd 2011



31087 Comments



I quite simply have never heard the name, but I'd be happy to explore some of her work


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9QneQwqZJc
How is the shade under that rock of yours?



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