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The comparisons to Sara Bareilles are inevitable, so let's get those out of the way. Yes, Erin McCarley's debut exudes a similarly sunny and soulful singer-songwriter vibe. And sure "Pony (It's OK)" will remind you of Bareilles' big hit "Love Song" with its bouncy piano intro that unfolds to expose a big triumphant chorus laced with diamond barbed hooks. But Erin McCarley definitely brings her own matchless style to the table. Just listen to "Blue Suitcase," a swooning and wistful three-and-a-half minute epic that soars with symphonic orchestration under her dainty inflections, recalling equal parts Bjork and Norah Jones before McCarley comes into her own tone on that big, beautiful, panoramic, and peerless refrain. The beautifully melancholic "Pitter-Pat" is the breakup song to end all breakup songs, a ballad that sways on faraway sounding beats underneath sparse piano notes, moody strings, and the kind of haunting melody that can only come when a relationship is truly doomed. The title track is a playful piece that dances dangerously with heart-on-the-sleeve lyrics and a gorgeous chorus you can hum for days on end.

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After listening to the track Pony on the Itunes Back to School Sampler I was expecting big things from singer/songwriter Erin McCarley... She didn't disappoint... With its infectious hooks and soaring melodies, this debut effort is ready to explode all over the charts... Unique blending rock, pop, and even a hint of the blues, Erin McCarely puts forth a truly solid album... I don't think there is a single song on the album I don't like... $7.99 well spent.... but don't just take my word for it, the entire album is streaming on her website... go listen for yourself...

Great Album From Any Aspect

Usually I do not listen to straight-out pop, (or mainstream for that matter) but for some reason I was attracted to this music. It is somewhat haunting in parts and more bubbly in other parts. When put together they become a great album that I'm sure will take this artist to next year's Grammy's and beyond. By this time next year, most will probably be saying, "wow, they're still playing that song and you know what I'm glad." Let's just hope she doesn't get overplayed and ruined like a lot of artists out there today.


Although I did not purchse the whole album, I was pleasantly surprised. I had big expectations from the single release of "Love, Save the Empty" and I do not feel disappointed. I love the vocals in Pitter-Pat. All around, the album is pleasing to listen to, but not repetative.


Born: January 8, 1979 in Garland, TX

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Nashville-based singer/songwriter Erin McCarley emerged in 2009 with Love, Save the Empty, a beguiling alt-pop debut whose vibe fell somewhere between Patty Griffin and Fiona Apple. A native of Texas, McCarley cut her teeth as a musician in San Diego, eventually teaming up with producer/songwriter Jamie Kenney, with whom she co-wrote her debut. A move to Nashville and subsequent trip to Austin's SXSW Festival in 2008 brought her to the attention of Universal Republic, which issued her first album...
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