- Kyle Stiver
Review: "Gladly" - Haleigh Bowers
Infatuation is a hard emotion to understand. You can pine for so long on the same person, and then even after finding out all the different facets of their persona realize that it won't work. But, you still feel some kind of sick satisfaction in the idea that you wouldn't change getting to know them for the world. These conflicting feelings are what Haleigh Bowers describes in her ridiculously powerful track "Gladly." It's about this feeling of infatuation, and the different facets and emotions that you can go through when experiencing it.
Bowers sets up the track in a beautiful and almost gut-wrenching folk rock sound. It feels nostalgic, in the way that you are thinking of something that has happened a long time ago yet you can't take yourself out of that moment. The instrumental is lead by sweeping guitars, and a soft drum beat. Bower's vocal is placed beautifully over this sound, and the delivery is crazily emotional. Her tone even matches that of Phoebe Bridgers, just the way she sings some of her notes. The lyrics delve into the topic of infatuation with someone who you cared so much for, but now have to box away those emotions as they aren't there anymore. Bowers talks about the distance that grew between them, "I can tell that you hate it // How I loved you from the attic, while you watched me from the basement." She even lets the audience know that no matter how much pain her infatuation has caused her, that she'd do it all again in an instant because of who this person was to her, "Even while I box up all these things in my head // Even though I know how badly it's gonna end // I'd gladly do it all again."
Haleigh Bowers is a singer/songwriter based in Los Angeles, California. "Gladly" is the title track from her up-coming debut album I'd Gladly Do It All Again due out this fall. Bowers previously teased the project with the singles "Jealous" and "Not Your Girl." Bowers is incredibly well written, and has showcased this skill not just in music but through television as well. With a sound that brings to mind the greats of modern folk-rock, Bowers is carving out her own space in the industry quickly. Bowers talks about the distance that grew between them, "I can tell that you hate it // How I loved you from the attic, while you watched me from the basement." She even talks about how no matter the pain she feels, she wants to do it again.
Written By Kyle Stiver
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