It’s been a great year for globe-conquering Sydneysider Dean Lewis, who is being referred to as Australia's answer to Ed Sheeran. His debut album, A Place We Knew, proves that description sells him short.
The 31-year-old's album runs the gamut from celebratory opening track “Hold of Me”, to the heartfelt plea in the title track, to the gut-punch of multi-platinum chart-topper “Be Alright”.
Thanks to both the deeply personal nature of Lewis’ lyrics, inspired by his own real-life relationships, and the pain and emotion that comes through in his vocals, it’s impossible not to feel moved by A Place We Knew, which also contains early singles “Waves” and “Chemicals” among its 12 tracks. A substantial, meaningful album for a world too often distracted by frivolity. (Out now) 5 stars