Haley Reinhart’s “Lo-fi Soul” takes listeners on an emotional journey through love, sadness, and everything in between.
By Alex Jones
Haley Reinhart is a funk, jazz, and rock influenced singer from the Chicago area. Reinhart most notably gained recognition from her angelic rendition of “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and has continued her success since the song was featured on her sophomore album titled “Better.”
Her latest album titled “Lo-fi Soul” is a continuation of all of the strong points of her musical talent. “Lo-fi Soul” is an emotional album where Haley demonstrates the ups and downs of love, and the pain and joy that accompanies it.
The album kicks off with the song “Deep Water” and describes the thrill of loving someone who seems almost purposely distant from her. The song begins with angelic hums that continue throughout, and you can hear the raw emotion in every line she belts. The snare drum in the background keeps the song appropriately grounded, while Haley’s vocals quite literally blow you out of the “deep water.”
Another high point off “Lo-fi Soul” is the song with the same title. The song “Lo-fi Soul” kicks off with a catchy tambourine to build momentum, and Reinhart’s up and down vocals parallel the emotional ups and downs of the song and this album. The song describes the similarities between her and a lover who share the same type of “Lo-fi Soul” She describes feeling as though she can’t let go of this person; in the same way that you won’t be able to let go of this song.
Directly after “Lo-fi Soul” comes “Don’t Know How To Love You.” The soft and slow electric guitar will sweep you off your feet as your ears are infected with powerful vocals once again.
Demonstrating the polar opposites of emotion that occur within the same album, Reinhart’s hit single off the album “Honey, There’s the Door” shows her independence. The song is essentially an anthem that if you aren’t willing to treat her right, well… honey, there’s the door. Her beautiful vocals mixed with soft string music make you feel as though you’re in some sort of paradise. When I hear her vocals on this song I can’t help but feel as though she represents a beautiful singer in a 20th century piano bar.
My personal favorite off this album is “Some Way Some How.” The sound of a piano creeps into the song as we begin to hear raw emotion from Reinhart’s vocals once again. The song speaks of two lover’s working things out through anything. It speaks of loving someone now more than ever, and knowing it, but still wanting more. You can hear the love, and distress in her voice as she belts out vocals about a relationship possibly being too far gone, yet still singing through ways to work it out some way.
Haley Reinhart has been building recognition for years now, and this may just be the album that puts her over the top. “Lo-fi Soul” is a culmination of all the strong points of her as an artist, and her vocals are as raw, emotional, and powerful as ever. Boasting over 2.5 million monthly listeners on Spotify, and having appeared on a jazz album with celebrity Jeff Goldblum. “Lo-fi Soul” is a perfect example of what Reinhart is capable of, and if you haven’t heard of her yet, get ready to.
If you like rock, jazz, funk, and everything in between then you’ll like Haley Reinhart and you’ll especially like “Lo-fi Soul.” What I’m getting at is… GO LISTEN.
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Haley’s beguiling vocals and powerful delivery saw her cover of Radiohead’s “Creep,” which she recorded with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, spend 58 consecutive weeks on the Billboard Jazz Digital Charts after hitting its #1 spot. Her interpretation of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love“ became a viral sensation, was certified Gold by the RIAA and cleared 2.5 million monthly Spotify listeners. Haley’s talent was first recognized during her success on American Idol in 2011. Since then, she has blazed a career for herself and recently appeared on television sets again to perform “My Baby Just Cares For Me” alongside Jeff Goldblum for the release of his jazz album The Capitol Studios Sessions, which features Haley and hit #1 on the Billboard Jazz Chart. PRESS HERE to watch them perform the track together on Jimmy Kimmel Live. A genre-spanning talent, Haley is currently featured – both as a writer and vocalist – on Vicetone’s “Something Strange,” which recently re-entered Billboard’s Dance/Mix Show Airplay top 40 chart. Haley also stars in the Netflix animated comedy F is For Family which is heading into its fourth season.
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