English Rain by Gabrielle Aplin


Like a very fortunate few, Gabrielle Aplin’s road to success began through publishing acoustic covers of popular songs by bands like Passenger and Paramore on YouTube, her channel being the 73rd most subscribed of its kind there. Since 2010, her popularity slowly gained momentum, and the launch of her EPs only added to that. After the success of three such releases, she toured the UK and the rest of Europe and went on to sign onto a label, Parlophone, for her debut album English Rain put out two years later.


#1. Panic Cord 3:25
#2. Keep On Walking 2:52
#3. Please Don’t Say You Love Me 3:00
#4. How Do You Feel Today 3:46
#5. Home 4:07
#6. Salvation 4:10
#7. Ready To Question 3:18
#8. The Power of Love 4:06
#9. Alive 4:11
#10. Human 3:36
#11. November 4:06
#12. Start Of Time 4:01
Special Edition:
#13. Evaporate 3:32
#14. Wake Up With Me 3:26
#15. Alive (RAK Session) 4:08
#16. Please Don’t Say You Love Me (RAK Session) 3:00
#17. Home (RAK Session) 4:09
#18. How Do You Feel Today (RAK Session) 3:57


Gabrielle Aplin: Lead Vocals, Piano, Guitar


Mike Spencer


13th May, 2013


The Power of Love
Please Don’t Say You Love Me
Panic Cord


Much like Aplin’s other fans, I was hooked after hearing her rendition of Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s The Power of Love, which ended up climbing to its deserved #1 spot on the UK Singles Chart in ’12. Being one of the artists who writes, composes and plays all instruments herself, this performer from England has sent some heads turning in the right direction with English Rain.


For a 20 year old, Gabrielle Aplin’s music is far beyond her years. Having set up an independent record company at 17 (Never Fade Records) she sure knows her music. And with a listening history of artists ranging from Joni Mitchell to Bon Iver, her taste is truly unparalleled. Many would dismiss her as an Amy McDonald impersonator, but English Rain is proof that she’s more than that. Much like other folk-pop music, this one too is characterized with harmonious vocals accompanied by transparent lyrics.  Though it may sound familiar, it certainly leaves an impression. Opening track Panic Cord sets an optimistic foundation for the rest of the album with it’s breezy acoustics.


The rest of the album offers a rather pleasant listening experience. Though slightly melancholic, the tempo persists all throughout and doesn’t go any higher. There are certain moments where it’s hard to distinguish the more conventional tracks from ballads around them; Keep on Walking,  is one such example – it’s  pensive and reflects heartbreak. Similarly, Please Don’t Say You Love Me is along the same lines and has a nagging sense of sorrow to it. She’s obviously very acquainted with piano-backed ballads. Furthermore, half-way through, Salvation offers an almost cinematic experience with somber piano sounds and toned sentiments.


But the absolute highlight of this album are its powerful vocals. Without a doubt, Aplin has mastered her voice and controls it to obtain varied outcomes ranging from soft and low to mildly high pitched. Dusky folk acoustics compliment her vocals and the result is an elegant album. English Rain is certainly not one to miss, and is a great start for an aspiring musician.





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