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ALBUM REVIEW: High Expectations, Mabel

From dropping singles Bad Behaviour, Don't Call Me up and Mad Love in the lead up to her highly anticipated album, High Expectations. Topping at number three in the Official UK Charts and remaining in the Top 10 for 8 weeks with hit single, Don't Call Me Up, Mabel definitely set herself some high expectations to meet with this album. To be released tomorrow, her album is everything you want and more from a pop queen like Mabel.

Starting the album off is an intro labelled High Expectations. This has very dreamy and classical vibes with the use of violins and beautiful harmonies. Following the just over a minute track will lead to singles Bad Behaviour and Don't Call Me Up. The next song, FML has a lot more bass to it than some of the other songs on the track and is definitely a relatable one. This is going to be the track that you see on girls Instagram Stories - I can already sense it.

A couple more tracks take it down a notch in terms of energy (not too much though!) to lead to an interlude which then moves onto hit single Mad Love which I honestly am loving right now. Rather than focusing on the break ups and the single sided things, this is more about how two people like each other and just enjoy it.

Trouble is one of my favourite tracks off of the whole album, it's more focused on Mabel's vocals and is more stripped back than some of her other songs. If we're talking stripped back, I Belong To Me is another song that can be added to that list. It's a whole lot of piano and a whole lot of independent woman. Again, this one is going to be everywhere.

On the album is a track called OK (Anxiety Anthem) which is a more truthful track which tackles the stigma around anxiety. Mabel, who suffers from anxiety, has taken it in her stride and turned it into songs.

After I Belong To Me is the High Expectations outro which is similar to the introduction. After this you can find some of her more successful collaborations which featured on Mabel's mixtape: Ivy To Roses earlier this year. These tracks include, Fine Line, Ring Ring and Finders Keepers.

All in all, I'd say that High Expectations screams Mabel, she has a particular sound which is definitely apparent in this album. Near enough all of the tracks featured on this album have strong rhythms that you can't help but dance to - I'm obsessed with choreographed dances, I'll watch them constantly on YouTube. This is one album all of these choreographers are going to be eating up! You can pre-save her album here.

Mabel is supporting Khalid on his tour this September. Gutted I'm missing out!

High Expectations is set to be released on 2nd August 2019.

Until next time...







* I was sent a pre-release of High Expectations in return for a review

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