Top positive review
March 30, 2019
All Ben Platt fans know that this guy has an amazing voice, range and sings with unbridled passion. I am a huge fan and was so excited for this his first solo album SING TO ME INSTEAD. I was especially excited for he has done many interviews expressing how this was the first time he was truly able to show himself openly for all he is just baring his soul. He wrote/cowrote all the songs which all have strong meaning and tell of love, passion and life. From the first note of the first song BAD HABIT the listener is pulled in to the amazing voice, the emotion and the story being told. Every track is a winner and you can see what a passion project this is for Ben. Standouts for me begin with EASE MY MIND a beautiful song written to a love. It brings me to tears every time. GROW AS WE GO is another wonder where he tells a love he doesn't have to leave to grow but can stay and still have the freedom. So beautiful. HURT ME ONCE speaks for itself and here Ben's voice soars through all the octaves and ranges he is capable of with emotion indented into each note and word. OLDER is a reflective song on life and the album closes with RUN AWAY a tribute to his parents and the love they share and have imparted on him. HONEST MAN and TEMPORARY LOVE are also true inspirations. I have always loved Ben Platt and now I feel I have had the honor to get to know him even better. For an artist to wear their truth and life so honestly on their sleeve as he does here is rare. And he uses his vocal gift to perfection. He can belt for sure but there are slow songs, ballads, songs of every type here. The songs go where they need as his voice explores with his feelings. I am mesmerized from beginning to end here. I highly recommend this cd to all Ben Platt fans but also to all fans of quality music and pure artistry. Ben Platt is only 25 and has a rare gift in his vocal ability and more importantly he knows how to use it. This cd is indeed a songwriter/storyteller experience and done to the highest level. I could go on and on but again can't recommend enough that you give yourself the gift of the emotional musical journey this cd provides.