‘Play to Win’ is the new release from Gabrielle. This album is for those introspective moments. It’s light and soothing. There’s a pop formula here that is predictable but it works well for what it is. It’s a far cry from the depth of Fleetwood Mac and I don’t think it really challenges Norah Jones, however it has it’s place and is worthy of a purchase, if you want a chilled album to relax to. I felt moved by her lyrics that are positive and honest. It’s nice to hear unpretentious heart-warming lyrics that are easy to understand and have a message.
This album starts well and finishes softer. I really liked ‘Latchkey Kid’ and the first six tracks are all good pop songs. It’s much of the same all the way through and doesn’t have much of a progressive sound. However Gabrielle is a solid artist with a good voice and if you like her other albums you may well like this. I felt peaceful and calm after listening to this album but not intellectually challenged. It’s for the softer moments.
Tareck Ghoneim 3/5