Gena Rose Bruce - Can't Make You Love Me

Photo: Ryan Downey

Photo: Ryan Downey

Gena Rose Bruce’s debut album has been three years in the making, and after listening it is clear why this record took her so long. Can’t Make You Love Me showcases an artist with a clear vision but also one who was suffering immeasurable heartbreak during this period of her life.

Soft, smokey but striking vocals power this album along. From the outset, the album builds a melancholic tension thanks to Bruce’s vocals and surprisingly mature lyricism. 

Musically the vocals are supported by subtle folk, country elements but largely this album revolves around the deeply personal message Bruce is conveying to her listeners. Notably in the middle of the album, I Don’t Think I’ll Ever Get Over You pierces through your heart and will have even the strongest of listeners fighting back tears.

Whilst the opening phases of the album are brimming with sadness it is endearing to see positivity creep in towards the final moments. The closing track, Wild One, in particular, introduces some electronic drum beats and synth elements which leave the listener excited for what is to come in the future from Bruce.

★★★½

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