Artist: Gabrielle Aplin
Song: Please Don’t Say You Love Me
Genre: Folk pop
Label: EMI Records, Parlophone
Gabrielle Aplin’s very mellow-sounding second single Please Don’t Say You Love Me from her debut album English Rain was released on the 10th of February, 2013. It has slowly climbed various charts quite like the song itself which is subtle, having the power to creep into your heart. The light guitar, folksiness and mellowness is a treat with lyrics that embrace the slow-and-steady over rushed-and-impulsive.
Released by Parlophone, Please Don’t Say You Love Me is not the kind of song that takes you by the storm. It’s more of a gentle drizzle and that’s actually okay! Aplin’s soothing voice takes you through the tiny peeks she gives you into a relationship that’s just taking shape. “Please don’t say you love me/’cause I might not say it back” she sings quite unexpectedly after painting a picture of changing seasons and stability.
“Fools rush in/I’ve been fooled before” she says as she backs the load of this statement with the opening lines of the chorus. The premise is simple yet deep. It’s also a song with a refreshingly cool headed narrative as opposed to the usual flashiness and gushfests. Unfortunately, that also doesn’t make it very Top 40 friendly and ends up being too mild in its tone to really be The Rage.
However, refreshing, mellow and extraordinarily ordinary certainly are words I’d use to describe this single! You might not want to listen to this song on repeat but if it plays on the radio, you will definitely turn the volume up. Gabrielle Aplin’s voice is wonderful, very warm and I will definitely be giving her debut album, English Rain (don’t you love the name?), a listen when it’s out on the 13th of May!
Verdict: “You might not want to listen to this song on repeat but if it plays on the radio, you will definitely turn the volume up!”