Light Up The Dark is Gabrielle Aplin’s follow up to her critically acclaimed 2013 debut English Rain.
While her debut album featured her in full singer/songwriter acoustic mode with songs such as How Do You Feel Today? and Panic Cord, Gabrielle’s new offering shows a different side to her musical talents from the offset with the harder edged title track setting the pace for a much fuller band sound for the rest of the album.
There are some very accomplished recordings which grow with repeated listening, the Rhythm and Blues smoothness of Heavy Heart, pop of Sweet Nothing and blues of Fools Love make up a varied programme which all contribute to a very satisfying and accomplished sophomore release.
- A version of this review by Andy Howells appeared in The South Wales Argus entertainment supplement The Guide on October 2, 2015.