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Frances Things I've Never Said justifies the hype

"Things I've Never Said"

Release date: 17 March 2017
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25 March 2017, 09:30 Written by Lauren Wade
​One of Britain’s most promising singer-songwriters, Frances debut is a breath-taking, wistful record that takes things back to basics. Things I’ve Never Said proves exactly why she was worthy of being nominated for the BRITs Critics’ Choice Award, and also why she should have won.

Opening with the touchingly heartfelt "Don't Worry About Me", a slow and sparse beginning leads into a richer, piano lit-ending that works well but might not appeal to everyone. Pre-existing Frances fans will eat it up though.

The track that built the foundation of her rising following, "Grow" is still a treat to the ears. Subtle and delicate verses prove the strength of her vocal prowess and mature songwriting capabilities. It's a tune that completely alters your mood and mindset.

Hinting at the genius that is yet to come on future releases, "No Matter" is a fistful of energy contained within the sub-four minute number. It's one of the catchiest tracks on the album too and will undoubtedly set many hearts a-flutter.

The cleverly-penned "Drifting" maintains Frances' unwavering brilliance with searching and yearning moments at the forefront. There's no comprise on quality here and the number comes off as an essential listen with its building melodies and intense instrumentation.

To reveal the true winning qualities of Frances' debut, you have to delve into it wholeheartedly; it really is a case of saving the best for last with highlights appearing towards the end of the record.

A swirling, sweet and wistful first offering, Frances has more than done herself justice on Things I've Never Said with her exquisite talent and infectious tunes.

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