British songstress Ren Harvieu isn’t the most recognized name in music today, but ever since late-2011 when she unleashed her debut single, “Through The Night,” critics have been watching. With her delicate mix of pop, rock, and soul, not far off the mark from the likes of Amy Winehouse and Adele, Harvieu relies heavily on her vocals to drive the intricately orchestrated pieces on her debut album, also titled Through The Night. In place of Amy and Adele’s respective charisma and explosiveness, she brings a more classic approach to her music. What she lacks in attitude, she makes up for in sweetness, and what she lacks in power, she makes up for in command. Nonetheless, Ren Harvieu was seemingly unable to properly win over the public quite the same way as her predecessors with her first effort, but the music itself is incredible. If there was one song to know from the record, it would have to be the aforementioned lead single and title track. With its sought-after aura of live-instrumention and its multilayered arrangement, “Through The Night” is an engaging burst of romance that teeters on alternative rock just as much as it does alternative soul. Ren’s wispy vibrato holds up brilliantly against a wall of backing vocals and orchestral height, breathing life into the melody. The sheer power it resonates is astounding.

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