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Published On: Wed, May 27th, 2015

Andreya Triana: Giants

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Giants
(Counter Records)

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It’s been five long years since South London soul artist Andreya Triana’s debut album, the Bonobo-produced jazzy-electronic Lost Where I Belong. On her sophomore release, Giants, we hear a more comfortable singer who’s open and willing to stretch her fan base. Reminiscent of Adele’s “Rolling In the Deep,” lead single “Gold” is the most commercial track. Yet “That’s Alright With Me” could appear on radio as well.

This time around, Triana worked with producer and musician Matt Hales (aka Aqualung) — who has collaborated with Sara Bareilles, Lianne La Havas, Jason Mraz and Disclosure. With a great knack for writing relatable stories, Triana showcases some beautiful moments on Giants. On “Everything You Never Had Pt. II,” a dedication to her Mom, one can feel the respect in lyrics like: “When we were nothing/We had it all/Your arms of loving kept me warm … I think of something/That I wanna be/Your arms of love wrapped around me.”

Then there’s the colorful relationship song “Changing Shapes of Love,” “I’m not going to stop when the sun goes down/I’m not going to wait/Until the stars hit the ground/And I won’t run away when the flame burns out.”

It seems like Giants is very personal, but that’s all right. Sometimes the best way to reenter the ever-changing music scene after a long absence is to bring your heart right back with you. And Triana does just that.

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