ALBUM REVIEW: Dean Lewis – A Place We Knew

The key to music is honesty. We all just want to relate, feel emotion, smile, laugh, cry, dance and sometimes do all those things at once. And that’s the ultimate power of music because it allows you to do all of that. It allows you to escape your life for a moment or sometimes find solace and answers within tough times.

Australian singer-songwriter Dean Lewis has been successfully delivering moments like those with Aria chart topping singles ‘Be Alright’ and ‘Waves’, as well as being playlisted on some of the worlds biggest TV shows which has boosted his profile worldwide. It’s kind of a big deal. His debut album ‘A Place We Knew’ has been in the works for two years now but it’s finally being released to the world in its reflective, catchy and memorable glory.

With the gentle opening strums of ‘Hold Of Me’ the song builds into a big euphoric hook which will join fellow album track ‘Be Alright’, ‘7 Minutes’, ‘Chemicals’ and ‘Waves’ in his live show as massive singalongs. It was created to be experienced live and that’s the format where a lot of this album sits within. It’s feel good emotional pop that sits in an uncomfortable emotional pool that you will come used to and embrace. Title track ‘A Place We Knew’ has a very similar storytelling template to ‘7 Minutes’ with lyrics like “Remember when we were dancing in hotel rooms, it was just me and you” and “Cause it never mattered where we were cause we were falling in love. You’re heart is my home” which have a romantic and heartbreaking spin on them. From there ‘Stay Awake’ and ‘Straight Back Down’ continue those big hooks where as ‘Time To Go’, ‘Don’t Hold Me’, ‘For The Last Time’ and album highlight ‘Half A Man’ strip things down for a more mellow affair.

The twelve track record offers a bold variety of strong alternative pop hooks and emotional ballads that will touch old and new fans alike in a humble way. It embodies all the emotions that you want an album to invoke from you and doesn’t feel forced within it’s delivery or intentions. It’s a very strong introductory to this very talented singer-songwriter who is only getting started and is already on the path to become Australia’s answer to Ed Sheeran. 

A Place We Knew Australian Tour

Mon May 6 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney *SOLD OUT*

Tue May 7 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney

Sat May 11 – The Tivoli, Brisbane *SOLD OUT*

Sun May 12 – The Tivoli, Brisbane

Tue May 14  – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide

Wed May 15 – HBF Stadium, Perth

Fri May 17 – The Forum, Melbourne *SOLD OUT*

Sat May 18 – The Forum, Melbourne

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