Sexy, tingle-inducing MOOD
I only knew of Lewis Capaldi from seeing him on Twitter as this big Scottish songwriter star, & somehow we don't really hear this music much in the US unless you're looking for it. The first time I heard "Someone You Loved" my friend had it on in her car (she has an amazing stereo anyway) & I was hooked. Lewis's voice is velvety, spine tingling perfection. Male singers usually have either a "pretty" crooner voice that can do a lot of falsetto (like in most R&B, pop bands like Cold Play, etc.) or a rugged, sexy deeper voice that can communicate a lot of emotion in a speaking cadence (like most rock & folk music, Bob Dylan, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder or Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas). But once every blue moon you hear a man who possesses both of those qualities, & they're world famous with enduring appeal that makes their songs popular across generations: Marvin Gaye, Bryan Adams, Ray Charles, U2's Bono, Elvis Presley, & more recently I'd say Imagine Dragons' frontman). Lewis Capaldi has that quality. It gives me chills hearing him sing effortlessly transitioning from a husky, strained spoken verse on to hit the high notes of a melodic chorus.
This album has a beautiful, non-commercial feel which many sophisticated listeners will appreciate. It's great for relaxing or spending quality time with that special someone. The sentiments behind the songs are lovely, as well. This sounds a lot like a breakup album, focusing on lost love and heartache, but it has some songs that are more upbeat like Hollywood, which Lewis says he wrote while living in the LA, & of course "Someone You Loved" which is about lost family members. It's quite a heart-wrenching song, particularly considering it's climbing US alternative charts during a global pandemic.
In summary, you'll enjoy this album if you like Lewis Capaldi's voice, so listen to the samples. I'd recommend picking up "Someone You Loved" & "Bruises" if you don't want to buy the whole album. I hope he branches out a bit in the future. Lewis has potential to be very famous even in the US markets if he is willing to work with different producers who would add more layers, instruments, etc., so that his songs gain mass appeal.