Gabrielle Aplin
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by SowingSeason STAFF
January 11th, 2012 | 15 replies | 7,133 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: More of the same (great) stuff from Somerset's prized pop starlet.

Gabrielle Aplin’s third EP, simply titled Home, doesn’t mark a significant departure or upgrade in her sound. At the age of nineteen, this rising star from Somerset has proven that she has the voice to do great things – and over the course of three releases in a little over one year, we have watched her “stay in the middle of the road”, so to speak. But with a voice as elegant as hers and with a knack for crafting dynamic pop tunes, you probably won’t hear too many people complaining.

The name of the game on Home is pretty much the same as it was on Never Fade, and that is to surround Aplin’s beautiful vocals with as pleasant sounding of an atmosphere as you can find. Of course, since she performs all of her own music from guitars to piano, that responsibility falls squarely on her shoulders. If her cumulative work to date is any indication though, Aplin is one chick who thrives under pressure. Especially on Home, she never seems pressured to do anything besides what she wants to do, thus resulting in one of the most refreshingly unforced sounds in modern day pop.

The title track is a prime example, basking in warm nostalgia while gradually unraveling to a background of tender acoustic strums and hushed drum beats. The lyrics seem to tell Aplin’s present story, painting the picture of someone who loves her home dearly, but knows she can’t stay there if she is ever to find herself. Lines such as “I’m a phoenix in the water / A fish that’s learnt to fly / And I’ve always been a daughter / But feathers are meant for the sky” capture the sentiment perfectly, proving that Gabrielle is just as effective on paper as she is on a microphone. It is this type of maturity that may lead you to believe that she is older and has more experience, but the realization that she still has her entire life (and career) ahead of her only raises her figurative ceiling.

The remaining four songs on the EP are no less impressive, combining upbeat ditties with more pensive ballads – all of which coexist magnificently for such a short record. ‘Keep Pushing Me’ has a sound that is almost ironic, consisting of cheerily sung verses in the face of breakup-oriented lyrics. The whistled beginning to its follow up, ‘Out On My Own’, flawlessly introduces more of a folk vibe consisting of detailed acoustic picking, elegant piano notes, and unexpected vocal shifts. The final two tracks, ‘Romeo Must Die’ and ‘Let Me In’, strut along rather slowly but succeed (perhaps more so than anywhere else on Home) in highlighting Aplin’s full range. By the end of the album’s brief runtime, the listener is left with a very good idea of all the different things Gabrielle Aplin brings to the table.

Even though Home may not be the shell-busting release we were all looking forward to from Gabrielle Aplin, it certainly does everything it can to cement her status as an artist to watch in the coming years. Her consistent delivery of pleasant and transparently talented pop music is something that can’t (and won’t) be ignored for much longer. So as we sit back and anxiously await her first full-length, Home will have to suffice as an appetizer that hits the spot just right.



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SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
January 10th 2012



15332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That first rec is for you Dev

Also, check out the video for her single:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pLsb1YMsKE

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
January 10th 2012



9977 Comments


Whoa, this girl is proficient with her music. *mandatory false remark on how she's the new James
Blake*

Good review, Sowing. This girl definitely has a big future ahead of her

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 10th 2012



30865 Comments


That first rec is for you Dev


Yeah I just saw that haha

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iambandersnatch
January 11th 2012



1464 Comments


this is one of those things that i enjoy but i probably won't listen to enough to give it an accurate rating so i just don't rate it

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
January 11th 2012



15332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

well that's still better than rating it without fully listening

anyone watch that video?

Tyrael
January 11th 2012



20725 Comments


yea

um why can't I rate this

Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
January 11th 2012



1106 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Just listened to the whole thing. Pretty music; pretty girl. Good luck to her. That video was really nice too - simple but in a good way.

Tyraelxy - I had same problem rating from this page but go to artist page and try rating there. Worked for me.


Tyrael
January 11th 2012



20725 Comments


^ dang why didn't I think of that, thanks broski :]

Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
January 11th 2012



1106 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

No worries, ha. Well you've obv managed to rate it now so, yay.

lancebramsay
January 11th 2012



1585 Comments


I thought you were having some mental block and that was why you couldn't rate it

BonRurgundy
January 11th 2012



348 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Zummersetttt. Ooooh-arrrrghhh.

BaseballJames
January 13th 2012



369 Comments


She is amazing. I loved her first two EPs, can't wait to check this one out.

patrickfannon
January 25th 2012



886 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

She's really pretty and her voice is beautiful. Her LP should be something fantastic and a bit weird. I'm excited for it.

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patrickfannon
January 25th 2012



886 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

"anyone watch that video?"

Yeah, thanks Sowing. It actually really helped me to appreciate her sound. I know that's not really "objective" of me, but who are we kidding? Video is cool and she's attractive. Certainly doesn't hurt.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
February 4th 2012



20855 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Young English singer-songwriter Gabrielle Aplin just keeps on getting better, with the 5 track 'Home' EP being her best release yet. Emphasizing infectious melodies while not forsaking her quirky indie-folk roots, the 19 year old incorporates greater variety (both vocally & musically) here than ever before. She is also improving with her song-writing, as both lyrically & structurally, this is deceptively mature & perceptive. From the jaunty indie pop of 'Keep Pushing Me' to the fragile emotions of the title track, it seems that Aplin is ready to step up & record a full-length release now. Recommended Tracks: Keep Pushing Me, Romeo Must Die & Out On My Own.



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