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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.

Customer Reviews

Not quite as good as the Story, but how could it be?

Just preview Pride and Joy. If that doesn't get you, then don't bother. If it does, buy this album NOW.

Brandi Carlile has established herself as one of the most exciting artists in authentic music over the last few years. Her previous album, The Story, was seminal in introducing to a wider audience her powerful voice, and especially the emotional range it possesses.Give Up The Ghost had an almost impossible job of living up to that album, and sadly it doesn't hit the same heights as consistently as The Story did.

But boy does it still hit some heights.

Pride and Joy was my instant favourite, but like all Brandi albums the more I listened (and I couldn't stop listening) to it the more I appreciated the other songs. There is a timeless quality in them that I suspect will last for a very long time indeed.

Fans who've seen her live performances of the songs on the album I think will appreciate how she doesn't opt for the lazy route of using the same arrangement, but instead gives a completely new feel to the album versions.

If you're reading this Brandi: thank you, thank you, thank you. And please, please, please don't make us wait too long for your next one!

I love her voice :)

If you like her you should definitly buy 'The Story by her. It's my favourite!

excellent balance , amazing vocals, pure class

this is awesume, her ability to write decent lyrics is exceptional, the rock feel is also not over done but balanced without being gushy. Her voice sets her apart from the rest, has a carpenter feel. just quality music.


Born: 01 June 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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