Back in the 90s, the then 20-something Louise Redknapp was one of UK’s rising pop stars. After leaving the R&B girl band Eternal and embarking on a solo career, Louise found herself with much chart success and a loyal fan base. Her last full length LP was released back in 2000, and after releasing a final single in 2003, she left the music industry to focus on her family and raising her two sons.
After a 20-year hiatus, Louise is back with her highly anticipated fourth studio album Heavy Love. Despite not actively writing/recording for almost two decades, Louise has proven that she is still relevant in today’s ever-evolving world of pop music.
The album itself is full of dance pop numbers, touching ballads, and women empowering anthems. There is something for everyone here. The lead single “Stretch” is a fresh, modern-sounding track, perfect for her comeback and sure to be played in dance clubs around the world. The powerful ballad “Hurt” shows a vulnerable side to Louise where she sings I know it’s gonna hurt, but I’d rather be a fool, than let my heart hate me for not giving it to you. “Wonder Woman” is a 90s inspired R&B throwback track which still manages to sound fresh. Another standout is the tropical sounding “Lead Me On” which serves as the second single from the album.
Overall this is a solid album with little filler. Despite being only 3 weeks in to 2020, I can confidently say that this will be one of my favorite albums of the year and one I will revisit often.
Fav song(s): Stretch, Breaking Back Together, Not The Same, Small Talk, Hurt, Hands On The Sink (my personal favorite)