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'The Parts Of Us That Still Remain'   

-  Label: 'Self Released'
-  Genre: 'Pop' -  Release Date: '1st December 2014'

Our Rating:
Michelle Lewis' second full-length album is an honest set of uncomplicated love songs about empty fridges and broken hearts.

A graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Lewis sings simple songs from the heart in the homely country tradition of Nanci Griffith.

Even achingly sad songs like Paris are treated with a disarming lightness of touch. "Lately I've been wondering what's the point of living anyway", she sings, but in such a carefree manner that you just know that the heartbreak she feels will only be temporary.

She's a sensitive soul with a thick skin and a woman who knows when to say goodbye and move on. Sorry I Forgot To Write, the opening track, is an apology to an old flame tempered by the admission "to tell the truth I haven't tried".

Nate Gonzalez's accordion is an nice touch on None Of That Now, one of two songs co-written with Nashville's Robby Hecht.

Strings, clarinet, pedal steel and mandolin are among the other instruments that flesh out the richly melodic arrangements.

Simplicity is the keynote however and producer Anthony J.Resta helps ensure the tone remains bright and breezy.

If this record were a movie it would be a bittersweet romantic comedy with a feel good ending.

Michelle Lewis' website
  author: Martin Raybould

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LEWIS, MICHELLE - The Parts Of Us That Still Remain