Following on from the release of the haunting yet hopeful ballad Breaking Back Together, Louise drops another cut from her upcoming fourth studio album Heavy Love – the rousing, gospel-tinged Not The Same.
“Sometimes I overthink, without no reasoning”
From the opening sounds of staccato hand claps and funk infused bass guitar, there’s a contagious energy about Not The Same that that draws you in from the very moment it begins.
Lyrically introspective, yet musically uplifting and euphoric, the juxtaposition of the two contrasting emotions works to great effect as a defiant Louise sings her honest truth, laying the relationship cards of fate she’s been dealt on the table to a lover who simply ‘isn’t there’ for her anymore.
With it’s free-flowing melody and simmering backing track, Not The Same packs punch and pace, as it gallops along with irresistible vigour to a rhythm and beat that you just can’t help but move your body to.
“Boy don’t you think I’m stupid”
Aside from it’s solid groove and out and out funk flavour, it’s the gospel choir we hear during the songs bridge and chorus that really elevates and creates magic – as rousing, soul stirring harmonies swell and soar, taking the song to even greater heights of musical eminence.
By the close of the tracks second chorus Louise really breaks things DOWN as the middle 8 erupts into a chant-like sing-off between her and the heavenly sounding choir! It’s glorious, empowering, heart-rending, unifying and freeing all at the same time… and we love it!
As with previous Heavy Love singles, Louise continues to explore and experiment vocally on the track, showcasing a much deeper, richer, more soulful tone – reminiscent of her solo verse on Eternal’s 1994 smash hit single Crazy. It’s a sound that really suits Lou, and one of which we hope to hear more of on future releases.
“I can feel it in the air, I can feel you’re not there”
There’s a tangible strength to Louise’s performance on Not The Same. By her own admission she’s been through a lot over the past few years, but here in this moment she is strong, and embracing of all that life throws at her.
Powerful, fearless and brave… a fine example of a resilient, independent woman who is emotionally secure enough within herself to admit to the world, that a once true love just isn’t working anymore.
Louise, we salute you!