Where I Belong is the latest studio album from Levi Kreis, and it’s obvious right from the first moment that Levi’s fingers touches the piano to introduce the album this isn’t just another release from another singer / songwriter that you’re going to forget about once Levi sings his last note.
A follow up to the acclaimed The Gospel According To Levi, which dealt with the struggles Levi faced growing up surrounded by religious fundamentalism, and One Of The Ones, an album that was bought to the world thanks to an appearance on The Apprentice USA, and has seen tracks featured on Days of Out Lives and Young and Restless, Where I Belong is a real treat to the ears, being filled with uplifting track after uplifting track that are testament to both Kreis’ songwriting talents and piano skills.
Giving off a sense that Levi has, at least for the time being, found a sound that he is truly happy with, Where I Belong is a soulful, gospel inspired album that is filled with a positive sound not only comes from some of the most addictive melodies you’ll have heard in a long time, but also from his vocals which are filled with a real passion and joy for the songs he’s singing.
Choosing Gonna Be Alright as the lead in track for Where I Belong has been a brilliant decision by Kreis as it’s definitely one of the most engaging tracks of the whole album, and is guaranteed to grab you not just because of it’s stunning musical hooks, but the equally powerful lyrics that take you on a journey from that point of loss and despair to knowing that even though things are bad, that there is a light at the end of the tune.
Other stand out tracks on an album that realistically is full of them, is Nothing At All, a chilled out blues style track that all too powerfully speaks of the vulnerability of our hearts when we fall in love, and This Girl, an autobiographical track that is sure to surprise many with it’s lyrics that sees Kreis sings about the addictive qualities of a woman, but also have you well and truly addicted thanks to an infectious sound that ensures the track is going to keep on playing in your head long after it’s finished.
And for all you long time Levi Kreis fans there’s also a real treat in store on the playlist of Where I Belong – the inclusion of Stained Glass Windows. Gorgeously soulful, this is another autobiographical track, inspired by Del Shores’ Southern Baptist Sisses play, which has long been a favourite with fans when Levi has sung it at live concerts, but has until now remained unreleased.
Usually when we’re sent music to listen to at Queeried we have to admit it’s a one spin listen, however Levi Kreis has definitely worked his magic on us as it’s quickly become one of the most played tracks at Queeried Towers, and whilst it’s not hard to see why many have compared Levis Kreis to artists like Harry Connick Jr, it will only take you one listen to Where I Belong for you to realise that Levi Kreis doesn’t need such comparisons, because this is a piano man that is able to make a huge impact all by himself.