Places is the second studio album by American singer Lea Michele. It was released on April 28, 2017, by Columbia Records. The album was preceded by the lead single, "Love Is Alive". In the United States, the album sold over 16,000 copies in its first week, debuting at number 28 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. In the United Kingdom, the album debuted at number 37 on the UK Albums Chart
For Michele, sophomore album 'Places,' due out later this year, is the rising curtain that she's been awaiting for her entire solo career. After splitting time between ‘Glee’ and recording her first album, Michele says of her follow-up, This record deserves all of my time and care. How do you come up with a title for for your album if your record label says that it’s due tomorrow, and absolutely nothing is coming to mind? If you're Lea Michele, you hold a wine-fueled seance at home, of course. Well, not a seance, exactly - the 30-year-old pop singer and former Glee star was not trying to channel the deceased, but the spirit of Stevie Nicks.
Lea Michele’s goosebump-inducing voice is a force to be reckoned with and power ballads are her bread and butter. Released on Friday April 28, 2017 via Columbia Records, this time around it feels like the singer has focused on the emotion within the lyrics and the purity of her vocals rather than the more highly produced Pop tracks on her 2014 debut, Louder. Places’ opening track, Love is Alive, perfectly blends all the elements that have made Michele a household name. A piano, strings and emotional, triumphant and soaring vocals from Michele combine to produce a cinematic experience. Places, a nod to the term used in theater before a show begins, is exactly the kind of album one would expect from Lea Michele and there is nothing wrong with that. She is a balladeer and a damn good one.
Lea Michele is going in on the ballads for her just-announced new album, Places. I sat back and listened to all of the songs that I grew up listening to, and most of them were Celine Dion, four-minute-long vocal Olympics, the Scream Queens star told Billboard in an exclusive interview about the follow-up to 2014’s Louder. This is a vocal album, and there are definitely love songs in there, but there’s also a sense of freedom. I went back and listened to all of the divas that I loved, and tried to find how that music resonates for me, in 2017
Album · 2017 · 11 Songs. It’d be a shame to adorn a voice as powerful as Glee star Lea Michele’s with too much fuss. So Places doesn’t; it’s a straight-up vocal showcase packed with engrossing, emotional tunes. On songs like the gentle opener Love Is Alive, there’s little more than a graceful piano or string section to guide her, allowing those expressive pipes to soar over heartfelt, typically uplifting lyrics. When she sings, I’m still a believer/Can’t nobody tame this raging heart, on Believer, it works as both a tender self-reflection and a battle cry. Places Lea Michele.
Places is Lea Michele’s sophomore and much awaited second studio album. The main theme is love. This album deals with a number of its nuances, expressing deep affection and heartbreaking memories of past relationships.
Lea Michele "Places" (2017) album. Love Is Alive Lyrics.
Places is the first major musical project from Lea Michele since the end of Glee and it is strikingly different from its predecessor, Louder. Where that 2014 album found Michele working hard to appeal to the pop mainstream, Places is a measured collection of mature pop that falls halfway between Broadway showstoppers and inspirational Katy Perry numbers.