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April Rose Gabrielli’s Live Video For Her Dramatic “I Don’t Want To Be Alone – Live From The Pear” Reviewed

The great Soho Records recording artist April Rose Gabrielli spent her summer on and off the road promoting her debut album I Woke Up Alive and the song visualizers all over her youtube channel, and I’ve been planning to review all of them, but before that April dropped the album track video for “I Don’t Want To Be Alone” recorded live at her home studio, “The Pear”. It is heavy duty.

With a light show behind her, April sings in a tight close-up with vocal pyrotechnics on a song built to be covered. Sam Smith could sing it to a stand still and Billie Eilish should just wish that “No Time To Die” had this much dynamic tension. Yes, “I Don’t Want To Be Alone” is April’s 007 track, she has the build of a John Barry and if ever April decides to use a full orchestra “I Don’t Want To Be Alone” it will blow the house down, but it of a piece with the album though almost scholarly in its execution.

At her heart, April performs singer songwriter confessionals and self-portraits, not unlike a hip hop woman such as Ari Lennox thematically but that isn’t how “I Don’t Want To Be Alone” functions, this is April at her most writerly, it is a music that bypasses and reaches out to a world in shared trauma and the sound of a variant trauma.

April’s performance is all in her face, staring directly at the camera, using only her hands for emphasis, she looks like a woman standing on the shoulders of past Aprils to deliver an emotional body blow and you just want to see her with the New York Pops accompanying her… I mean, they might as well be.

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