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Album Review

Guys just keep breaking Ingrid Michaelson's heart. Five albums into her career, she's still singing about lost loves and bad breakups, filling every sad-eyed song with lyrics like "Open-heart surgery, that is what you do to me" and "It's a wonder that I survived the war between your heart and mine." It's dramatic, but don't expect Michaelson to wallow in her own misery. By surrounding her Lilith Fair melodies with lush, layered arrangements and movie soundtrack strings, she manages to turn even her most downtrodden songs into anthems, sounding proud and resolute despite her malfunctioning cardiac organ. Her voice has changed since 2009's Maybe; the light vibrato and quirky, almost bookish phrasing are still there, but so is a full-bodied belt that gets unleashed whenever the melody starts climbing upward. Michaelson simply sounds stronger, as though one final breakup was all she needed to find her vocal mojo. Or maybe she just needed to find super-producer David Kahne, who replaces Dan Romer — Michaelson's longtime collaborator, as well as one of the driving forces behind the summery, frothy, ukulele-fueled songs that filled 2009's Maybe — and helps give her a wintry makeover. Romer's influence is missed, particularly on the peppier songs, which tend to feel too heavy-handed in Kahne's hands. ("Blood Brothers," an uptempo tune about loving your neighbor, aims for the Ingrid equivalent of "We Are the World" and falls short.) When Human Again ditches the feel-good stuff and goes straight into drama-queen territory, though, it feels like we're finally getting to watch Michaelson come to grips with her broken heart, realizing that the only way to make things better is to fix the damn thing herself.

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How I Love Ingrid Michaelson

I have been a follower of Ingrid ever since I heard "Winter Song" on the radio. Ingrid has gone more towards that sound. She is less indie folk now and her songs have become so much better. There is not a song I dislike and the album has a more full sound with emphasis on strings. It is louder and less "cute" than her previous albums. There is still classic Ingrid in this though - How We Love is reminscient of Breakable and In the Sea is like Soldier but more acidic. Keep Warm sounds fresh off a Disney film. Ingrid has taken a leap forward into territory already covered by the likes of Sara Bareilles. But the songs are quintessentially her style and no-one does it better

You have me , in the palm of your hand

Quite agree with Fraser , couldn't put it better myself
Some lovely tracks and a welcome back from Ingrid , i especially like 'Palm of your hand ' and Keep Warm '
Thank you Ingrid
Mike ;o)

Biography

Born: 08 December 1979 in Staten Island, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

With her piano-fueled songwriting, witty wordplay, and slight vocal vibrato, Ingrid Michaelson carried the tradition of the female singer/songwriter into the 21st century. Befitting a musician of the digital age, Michaelson first gained wide exposure not through sales but instead through tracks on soundtracks, including Grey's Anatomy and One Tree Hill. Born and raised on New York's Staten Island to an artist mother and classical composer father, she began exploring music with piano lessons at the...
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