Lewis Capaldi’s “Someone You Loved” Song Review

Hello, I’m MusiCommentator, and I’m back AGAIN with a song review from a fresh, new artist. I have reviewed a lot of songs recently that happened to be a certain artist’s first hit (such as “Truth Hurts“and “Ransom“), so let’s keep the ball rolling with this new song “Someone You Loved“.

Now, almost every year for the past decade or so, there has been one song by a relatively unknown artist/band that falls more into the indie-alternative category that blows up and becomes a huge single for said artist/band (coined by popular music critic Todd In The Shadows as the “Fluke Indie Hit Sweepstakes). Popular “winners” of this sweepstakes in the past have been “Take Me To Church” by Hozier, “Pompeii” by Bastille (even though they technically got another hit with Marshmello), and “Riptide” by Vance Joy. All of these songs I have listed are songs I love, and they introduced me to artists that I listen to to this day. So, seeing an obscure British Indie artist hit the Top 40 with this track intrigued me, and with it being the primary contender for this year’s “Indie Sweepstakes”, I say we take a look at this song and see if Lewis is worth checking out in the future (because I doubt he’ll get another hit, so I’ll have to keep tabs on him if I REALLY like this song).

I’m going under, and this time, I fear there’s no one to save me
This all or nothing really got a way of driving me crazy
I need somebody to heal, somebody to know
Somebody to have, somebody to hold
It’s easy to say, but it’s never the same
I guess I kinda liked the way you numbed all the pain

This is the first verse of the song, and honestly, it did not do a good job of captivating me. The lyrics in this verse are incredibly vague, and while the whole song is somewhat lyrically vague to let the listener project themselves onto the singer, the lyrics in this verse border on sounding obscure. It does try to set up the topic and themes of the song, but I really did not understand what this song was trying to convey until the chorus and second verse. With this first verse being so nebulous, this song doesn’t start out very good, but luckily, there is a huge jump in quality in the chorus.

Now the day bleeds into nightfall
And you’re not here to get me through it all
I let my guard down and then you pulled the rug
I was getting kinda used to being someone you loved

The chorus is the centerpiece of this song, as Lewis’s voice sounds incredibly powerful throughout this hook, really selling us on the forlorn emotions he is feeling. I also love the lyrics here. Looking at the first line, “Now the day bleeds into nightfall”, I love the word choice Lewis uses! Not only does the turn from day to night–light to dark–reflect the darkening of his emotions, but just the use of the word “bleed” does so much to enunciate his pain. Hearing him sing that last line, too, is almost heartbreaking the first time you hear it. All of Lewis’s emotions are out on the table in this chorus, and it is quite an impressive thing to hear.

I’m going under, and this time, I fear there’s no one to turn to
This all or nothing way of loving got me sleeping without you
Now, I need somebody to know, somebody to hear
Somebody to have, just to know how it feels
It’s easy to say, but it’s never the same
I guess I kinda like the way you help me escape

If you couldn’t guess, I like the second verse more than the first verse, too. The two verses share a very similar structure, with three of the lines being the exact same in each verse! But the lines that are tweaked do a lot more to convey Lewis’s mourning of the relationship at hand. Just look at these two parallel lines from each verse:

This all or nothing really got a way of driving me crazy”
“This all or nothing way of loving got me sleeping without you”

Both lines are similar in their sentence structure, but their messages couldn’t be further from each other. The first line (from the first verse) is not only too ambiguous to be able to relate to, but the whole “love driving me crazy” cliche that is used does nothing to enhance the emotional state or songwriting qualities of the song. Like, I’m pretty sure I could hear that same like in a Juice WRLD song. The second line (from the second verse), however, does so much more! Not only does it add more specificity that makes his plight a lot more relatable, but it also digs deep into the isolation of heartbreak that makes Lewis a more sympathetic character in this song. Both of these lines demonstrate the differences between the verses, and how the second verse does a much better job at progressing the emotions of the song.

Overall, I definitely enjoyed this song! When I first heard it, I was kind of annoyed by his voice. I thought his accent sounded rough over the smooth instrumentals, and that the piano was not backing him up well enough. After a few listens, though, I got used to his voice and found the beauty in it. Also, I came to the realization that the whole point of this song was that it was supposed to be a typical piano ballad where the voice carries the song and the instrumental is just there to keep rhythm. So, while the piano is pretty simplistic, it is serviceable for backing Lewis’s powerhouse of a voice. And as I’ve stated, the song started off pretty weak from a lyrical standpoint, but it increases in quality once the chorus comes and stays at that quality for pretty much the rest of the track. I’m going to give this song a 4 out of 5, and it has definitely influenced me to check out the rest of Lewis’s music in the future.

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