"Someone Out There" is the second studio album by English singer and songwriter Rae Morris, released on 2 February 2018 by Atlantic Records.
Morris’s debut album, 2015’s Unguarded, often felt soggy with piano and heavyweight drama. Happily, that frustrated songwriter has been dismissed on Someone Out There for limber electropop that foregrounds Morris’s brilliant voice. It’s hard to think of another pop singer like her right now. Tonally, she recalls Björk, and her delivery is elegantly skittish, but commanding, too. On songs such as Do It, she presents a leap of faith as a matter-of-fact decision rather than (as her peers might) a life-or-death precipice. It makes her desires seem within reach – her satisfaction is never up for debate in Dip My Toe, a song about sleeping with a partner for the first time.
It is a supremely confident record. Morris and Fryars favour unbroken crescendos, like the glowering Push Me to My Limit, while the hookiest song, Do It, is deceptively intimate. And when they get weird, invention never comes at the expense of emotion: the contortions of Rose Garden, apparently about panic attacks, mirror that frustrating tussle between body and mind. There is, inevitably, a baggy bit, including Lower the Tone, wasting a cheeky invitation to scrap the small talk on a formless dirge, plus the wet title track, a tribute to the lonely. Morris’ affection comes through better on Dancing With Character, a genuinely awed tribute to a widower dancing alone.
Reviewed by Laura Snapes for theguardian.com.