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Brandi Carlile’s a young singer-songwriter with incredible range and a sense for drama that comes whipping through her third album, Give Up the Ghost. Produced by Rick Rubin, Ghost sits Carlile at centerstage. Guests such as keyboardist Benmont Tench, Red Hot Chili Pepper drummer Chad Smith (on two tracks) and master string arranger Paul Buckmaster (on one) are in low profile mode. Even “Pride and Joy,” the Buckmaster-featured tune that shares its sense of foreboding (and a few chords) with Radiohead’s “Fake Plastic Trees,” is kept surprisingly mute as it reaches its climax. “Dreams” creates a small-band vibe that veers towards hard rock. “That Year” is a gentle ballad that allows her voice to stretch towards the sky. “Caroline” adds Elton John on piano and vocals and falls within his early-70s form. “I Will” serves as a personal affirmation with its repetitive, elliptical pattern. “If There Was No You” is a sweet, affirming love song with co-writer Phil Hanseroth providing a whistling solo.

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As with The Story, Ms Carlile has delivered a rocking, touching album full of delightful songs!

Beautifully Touching

I love when you listen to an album for the first time and you come across the first track that stirs your heart and makes you want to hit the repeat button. Pride and Joy was that track for me.

I've always loved Carlile's voice, I could listen to her for hours upon hours (and have) without getting tired. I loved her first self titled album and was hooked with the first song and her third album delivers exactly what I love about this artist. Lyrics that are potent and have this flow and feel to them. The music is uniquely her, yet doesn't sound repetitive from her previous albums.


I waited until midnight to get this CD on October 5 but it became available a little bit earlier. I saw Brandi in Toronto last week and her new album blew me away!! The tracks are amazing and her music never gets boring.


Born: June 01, 1981 in Ravensdale, WA

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A literate singer/songwriter whose music splits the difference between pop/rock and folksy Americana, Brandi Carlile was born in the small town of Ravensdale, Washington, an isolated community 50 miles from Seattle. With few neighbors or friends nearby, she grew up learning to make her own entertainment, which included hiking trips in the nearby woods and self-taught vocal lessons. Carlile also grew attached to the classic country music her parents doted on, specifically Patsy Cline, and she made...
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