Thursday, September 16, 2010

Album Review: Sara Bareilles "Kaleidoscope Heart"

  "Uncharted"? Actually not so much, cause Sara Bareilles just scored her first number one album on the 200 billboard album chart this week, and after listening to "Kaleidoscope Heart" i'm sure you will discover why. It's so easy to fall in love with this album, specially if you're into organic, not so over-produced pretty pop songs with a touch of singer/songwriter magic. In her sophomore effort, Bareilles lyrics takes us through a journey of relationships, love, self-discovery and broken hearts, incorporating her own sensibility to the mix. This map of a relationship is sung with deepness and cleverness, getting us so caught up with the songs that at some point it is like a musical diary of experiences is being sung to you.

  Don't get me wrong, this album may not be for everyone, but it is certainly very difficult to hate. Bareilles vocals have absolutely made a turn for the best since we last heard from her and those little stops, and tiny bits of almost-speech she delivers makes the music so much more relatable. The strongest cuts on the album are definitely "Uncharted", "Gonna get over you", the ballad "Hold my heart" and the hit single "King of Anything". However, it is the excessive quantity of songs what takes away the opportunity for this record to completely shine, leaving us with a piece of work that starts very strong but progressively weakens towards the last set of songs. The absence of a powerful piano ballad in the style of "Gravity", her strongest song from her previous effort, may dissapoint some followers but she still manages to save the day with a handful of melodic and easy-going tunes to fill the void. All in all, a recommended piece of work and a fresh breath of air in a musical world dominated by the Shakiras and Beyonces of the moment.

Check out the video for her hit "King of Everything"

Sara Bareilles - King of Anything

and listen to "Gonna get over you", one of my favourite songs from the album ,below!

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