It’s a testament to a good honest tune when you hear an artist whose biggest hits were twenty years ago, and they still sound as fresh today as they did back then. That’s what I feel when I hear some of Gabrielle’s earlier tracks such as Rise and Dreams, and new single Say Goodbye is definitely a return to form.
The iconic swept hair is back atop Gabrielle’s head, along with the instantly distinguishable vocals which sit atop this catchy song. It’s nothing fancy or flashy; the song doesn’t need to cover itself with gimmickry because it works perfectly well without, like most of Gabrielle’s songs.
Sparking into life with a catchy piano riff and sampled vocals, the song seems to take a reflective look at life, with the singer almost in reflective mode about love and its consequences, but also seeming to have a nod towards her career, with lyrics such as “and I’m not sure what the future holds”. She takes this with a pinch of salt however, actually looking forward happily and proud of what she’s achieved. You may wonder how can I gain this much insight from the song, well it’s more the vibe that’s taken from the track. The uprising chorus leaves an openness and a feeling of moving on, exactly where Gabrielle is at the moment. The sample is apparent throughout the track and gives it a nice hook, as well as some original sounding rhythm sounds keeping the beat leading up to the first chorus.
Say Goodbye is a welcome addition of six new tracks to Gabrielle’s new compilation, and goes to prove she still hasn’t lost her touch.