On Friday we got to see the music video for Lea Michele’s debut solo single Cannonball, the first from her forthcoming debut solo album Louder. Today we get to hear in full the title track of her new album in full. Lea sat down to chat with Billboard magazine and has allowed them to debut her song with the world first. Click below to hear Louder and read excerpts from her interview with Billboard mag.
“It finally feels real,” Lea Michele tells Billboard about the upcoming release of her debut album, “Louder.” Years after the “Glee” star first started contemplating her studio debut, “Louder” is finally coming — on March 4, through Columbia Records — and after first single “Cannonball” splashed onto Top 40 last month, the album’s non-single title track is now premiering exclusively on Billboard.com ahead of its Jan. 14 release … Michele says that she worked on “Louder’s” title track toward the end of the recording process, after realizing that her “very pop-heavy” full-length needed to take a few dramatic turns. “It’s a song that, no matter what, I can play in my car with the windows down,” she says of “Louder,” which was written by Colin Munroe, Jaden Michaels and Anne Preven. “But at the same time, I feel like it shows off my voice as a singer, which is really important to me, because that’s what I do. I want to make sure that every song on my record is fun and enjoyable, but also, you hear my voice in them.” As for how “Louder” turned out to be the title of the 11-track album, Michele explains, “I always think it’s so important to live your life to the fullest, and love as hard as you can love, and fight as hard as you can fight. Be loud, be bold, be yourself, whether or not people understand that message. That’s what I think of when I think of the song and album” … “It’s more than just an album to me — it’s a piece of my life that I’m so glad is here for me to have for the rest of my life,” says Michele … “I really feel like, for such a long time, people were so sick of me, and were like, ‘Yeah right, when is this album you’re talking about actually going to happen?'” says Michele. “Now that it’s really coming out, it’s unbelievable. I’ve been playing these songs for my friends and family for a year now, and now that everyone’s going to get to hear the songs. I’m like, ‘Holy shit! People are going to actually listen to this!'” “Louder’s” title track will be released to iTunes on Tuesday (Jan. 14).
At first listen, I prefer the upbeat poppiness of Louder to Cannonball but I can understand why it won’t be officially released as a single. It’s a nice song but it doesn’t have that spark, I think, to make a huge impact on the charts. Without question, Lea Michele has an incredible voice and she really knows how to use its power wisely … but … I am not really wowed by the two songs we’ve heard from her album. They’re ok songs but neither has grabbed me in a way where I want to hear more. Neither song, IMHO, stands apart from the countless other “throwaway” pop songs that get released. I may be in the minority, I don’t know, but as much as I enjoy listening to Lea Michele sing, I haven’t heard a song from her yet that makes me want to invest in her album. Granted, she’s only released two songs thus far so there’s still a chance that she’s got an album with a few hits on it. What say you? Do you love Louder? Based on what you’ve heard from Lea thus far, are you looking forward to the release of her debut album?