I'd somehow signed up for Christina Perri's mailing list, so I got a mailing saying that she'd released the first single for her next album. I'd been wondering when she was going to release a new album - seeing as artists usually take about two years between albums and she'd taken three.
I listened to the audio of her first single - Human. Honestly, my first thought was "ANOTHER album full of songs about a dysfunctional relationship? Hasn't she learned yet?!" Like many people, I'd thought that Lovestrong. had a few (or more than a few) too many sad songs.
When she released Burning Gold, I thought hey, maybe this won't be so bad after all. She definitely needed a catchy song.
I remembered that with her first album, she'd actually had some of the songs online (live performances) prior to the album's release, so I decided to go song-hunting to see if I wanted to pre-order the album or just wait. I found a solo performance of a duet she had planned with Ed Sheeran - Be My Forever. That definitely made it seem like the album would have less depressed songs on it. I'd heard I Believe, Trust, and I Don't Wanna Break as well, but I decided to hold out on the album until I could hear the whole thing on Spotify or Youtube.
Well, the album was leaked, so iTunes made it available as a radio station. And I got to hear the whole thing.
- Trust - A beautifully arranged and produced ballad definitely setting the tone for the album as a whole. 9/10
- Burning Gold - A catchy, absolutely single-ready song that presents a definite new side of Christina and will probably gain her quite a few new fans. Some of the lyrics don't make complete sense, but it's done very well. 9/10
- Be My Forever (feat. Ed Sheeran) - Another very single-ready and adorable song with cute, playful background clapping. In a Youtube performance, she states that it's "the happiest song [she's] ever written". Ed Sheeran also contributes beautifully to the song, at some points providing backup vocals of sorts and at some points singing on his own. I'm pretty sure I'm obsessed. 10/10
- Human - In all honesty, this single didn't get me all that excited for the album. It's rather depressing (although self-aware.) I really didn't want another album full of dysfunctional relationship songs. The lyrics and vocal techniques don't really make up for the subject matter, either. 8/10
- One Night - It's a beautiful piano-based ballad with amazing vocal techniques and is, in my opinion, absolutely incredible. The lyrics are done well too "Like the ocean in a perfect storm/It makes me want you even more". 10/10
- I Don't Wanna Break - This song was the one that really got me excited for the album and the first one that I downloaded off of it. It's very well arranged and the way that the instrumentals partially drop out at some points to emphasize her voice works very well too. 10/10
- Sea of Lovers - A soaring ballad that definitely shows off Christina Perri's lyrical gifts. The instrumentals in the background complement her voice, as well. 9/10
- The Words - I'm not the hugest fan of this song - I'm not exactly sure where it is, but somewhere it falls flat. Perhaps it's that the lyrics aren't quite as beautiful as some on the other tracks. 8/10
- Lonely Child - Everyone who worked on this song did a really, really good job. The production is done very well and the lyrics are beautiful, especially the pre-chorus. It's one of my favorites on the album 10/10
- Run - This song is entirely written by Christina Perri, and it's done very well. The lyrics are beautiful, albeit sad. The instrumentals pick up at the important lyrics, and the production is done well. 9/10
- Butterfly - This one falls a little flat for me as well. Technically, I can't really complain much, but it seems like another track would be better suited for the album than this one. 8/10
- Shot Me in the Heart - This song could potentially be a single. It's one of the least ballad-y ballads, and it's a breakup song without going overboard on anger. It's more of a goodbye song, actually. 10/10
- I Believe - One of the best ballads on the album and a great choice for the closing track. It's packed full of contradictions but works, and I think pretty much everyone who paid a good, close listen to the lyrics could relate and be inspired. The voice layering at the end works very well, too. 10/10
Album Rating: 9/10