Once Upon Another Time - EP
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||Once Upon Another Time||Sara Bareilles||5:25||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Stay||Sara Bareilles||4:24||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Lie to Me||Sara Bareilles||4:00||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitSweet As Whole||Sara Bareilles||4:39||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Bright Lights and Cityscapes||Sara Bareilles||5:55||$1.29||View In iTunes|
Part of Sara Bareilles' charm is that she's one of the few millennial singer/songwriters who are unashamed of being polished and mainstream. She revels in rich, detailed productions, which is what makes Once Upon Another Time — a stopgap EP designed to tide over fans as she prepares her third album — a little disarming at first. Working with Ben Folds, a co-judge of hers from the NBC series The Sing-Off, Bareilles strips her sound to its core, opening the five-song EP with its skeletal title track. Things get a little bit more elaborate from there — "Lie to Me" is built upon trip-hop loops and swoons into Beatlesque psychedelia — and she certainly demonstrates the influence of the perennially smirking Folds on the profanity-riddled "Sweet as Whole," a dirty joke that bogs down way too quickly. Something similar could be said about the simplicity of the production: as sweet as some of these spare voice-and-piano tunes are, it's hard not to wish they were a little more adorned. Nevertheless, the songs are generally good — "Sweet as Whole" irritates like a piece of popcorn stuck in the teeth but the others are strongly constructed, melodic ballads, highlighted by the single "Stay" and "Lie to Me" — and Bareilles remains a thoroughly engaging performer. As a teaser, this certainly whets the appetite for her next full-length record.
In 25 minutes Sara's music took me on a tour of emotion. I laughed, I reminisced, and it gave me goosebumps. It was simply beautiful....
Amazing as always!
Sara B is a one of a kind artist- everything album gets better and better!
This is incredible.
I'm speechless. I mean right when I thought Sara couldn't get any better she did!!!! Every song on this EP is perfection. Especially Once Upon Another Time because it's without music and Sweet As Whole because that song is pure genius. It just is. LOVE THIS. :)
Born: December 7, 1979 in Eureka, CA
Years Active: '00s, '10s
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