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Girls and Boys

Ingrid Michaelson

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Album Review

Before her endearing single "The Way I Am" became the soundtrack for Old Navy commercials, Ingrid Michaelson was another anonymous, witty musician singing tales of love and loss to an audience that didn't yet exist. She funneled that uncalculated energy into Girls and Boys, her debut offering of clever, twisting piano pop. Released independently on the singer's own label, Girls and Boys is a rare treat — an album created without the constraints of a label or the demands of modern radio, yet wholly able to woo both. Michaelson clearly favors well-crafted pop melodies, but she ornaments these hooks with fractured instrumentation, shifting between time signatures during the chorus of "Masochist" and allowing guitars to drop out mid-song in "Die Alone." When she saunters into full-fledged coffeehouse mode with "The Way I Am," she subverts the song's Norah Jones-styled progression by adding handclaps, echoing harmonies, and quirky lyrics. "I'd buy you Rogaine when you start losing all your hair," Michaelson croons with a hint of vibrato, making the sentiment sweet instead of condemning. Brainy turns of phrase pepper the rest of the album ("Glass" describes a make-out session in sexy detail, with Michaelson recalling how she "rolled around on kitchen floors [and] tied my tongue in pretty bows with yours"), and Girls and Boys ultimately remains true to its title, examining the relationships between both titular characters without delving into too many grown-up issues. Perhaps Michaelson will compose a thematic sequel entitled Women and Men in the future, but these well-voiced love songs leave little room for complaint.

Customer Reviews

Tremendous CD, but...

the song that was played at the end of the Grey's Anatomy finale is called "Keep Breathing" and is NOT on this disc (or among these digital tracks.) If you're a fan of that song, you'll probably have to wait until the Grey's Anatomy 3 Soundtrack hits stores in September, but these songs may just tide you over until then. "Breakable" was used on Grey's as well, and "Corner Of Your Heart" is one of my favorites as well.

Girls and Boys (2007)

I like the song "Die Alone", but the rock instrumental is distracting and it covers up her soft voice. "Corner of Your Heart" is also good, but there's a sound like ringing metals and it's distracting as well. I want to listen more of Ingrid's singing, not the intrumental. Ingrid has a beautiful voice, but there are only a few songs that I like to listen. RECOMMENDED SONGS: 1. Breakable - 4/5 2. The Way I Am - 5/5 3. Far Away - 5/5

AWESOME

This record is fun, upbeat yet pensive. Saw her live in Los Angeles on April 19, 2007....great performer!!; very classy, warm, humble and talented. Her beautiful voice captures romance, fun and paints a positive picture of life and its little idiosyncrasies. Her upbeat feeling comes through her music even in her most emotional ballards giving anyone a reason to smile. Can play this often without tiring of it.

Biography

Born: December 8, 1979 in Staten Island, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

With her piano-fueled songwriting, witty wordplay, and slight vocal vibrato, Ingrid Michaelson carries the tradition of the female singer/songwriter into the 21st century. Befitting a musician of the digital age, Michaelson first gained wide exposure through spots on TV 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 through piano lessons at the age of four. After college,...
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