Remember those Internet Explorer 9 commercials back in 2013 with that super catchy track you could not escape no matter where you were? Well…that was Alex Clare’s “Too Close” the top singles off his debut Album The Lateness of the Hour, which itself was a fantastic and soulful piece of work that was heavily lost due to the ceaseless onslaught of those commercials that ruined a great track. (No joke, I once saw that commercial FOUR TIMES during the previews of ONE movie.)
The followup to The Lateness of the Hour (sidenote: the limited U.K. release has an AMAZING prince cover of “When Doves Cry” you NEED to check out), Three Hearts, Clare slows things down from the quicker paced The Lateness of the Hour, but once again cleverly weaves multiple styles of music from blues and R&B to electro and house to create his unique sound that draws his diverse fan base. Released back in August, it’s the type of album that could trigger memories and emotions of love lost, but also be great to have on as background music while spending “quality” time with a partner.
Just to give you an idea, the opening track to Three Hearts, “Never Let you go” is less a love song and more of Clare telling you what he is about to do to your audio senses (consensually of course). “Not in Vain” a motivational piece that speaks to you in those moments of hopelessness. Clare reminds you, in the poetic way he does, “Hope is not in vain.” The album closes out with “Holding on” another simply (in the best way possible) written love song expressing the depth of feelings, and a cover of Robert Palmer’s “Addicted to Love” done only the way Alex Clare could, making it uniquely his.
Overall, Three Hearts is a fantastic album I highly recommend, but as the late, great, Hans Christian Anderson once said “Where words fail, music speaks.” so let Three Hearts speak to you.