10 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After exhilarating dips into guitar rock and country, Carlile returns to her sweet spot: tear-jerking Americana that shows off her crackling croon. It’s her sixth album and her most moving, with vulnerable outsider anthems rooted in healing and hope. There are ballads about addiction (“Sugartooth”), suicide (“Fulton County Jane Doe”), heartbreak (“Every Time I Hear That Song”), and starting over (“Harder to Forgive”), but underneath the hard truths is plenty of optimism. In “The Joke,” a song for kids who don’t fit traditional roles, she offers a light at the end of the tunnel: “I’ve been to the movies/I’ve seen how it ends/And the joke’s on them.”

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EDITORS’ NOTES

After exhilarating dips into guitar rock and country, Carlile returns to her sweet spot: tear-jerking Americana that shows off her crackling croon. It’s her sixth album and her most moving, with vulnerable outsider anthems rooted in healing and hope. There are ballads about addiction (“Sugartooth”), suicide (“Fulton County Jane Doe”), heartbreak (“Every Time I Hear That Song”), and starting over (“Harder to Forgive”), but underneath the hard truths is plenty of optimism. In “The Joke,” a song for kids who don’t fit traditional roles, she offers a light at the end of the tunnel: “I’ve been to the movies/I’ve seen how it ends/And the joke’s on them.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
297 Ratings
297 Ratings

Always.

camillem35

How can you not like anything that Brandi and the twins record?!
They fight for the good cause, and they are amazing humans. So happy for the success they are so deserving of. Keep writing songs from the soul. Thank you Brandi, band, and family for the great music and community.

can't wait for the whole thing

jolaca

if this single is any indication of the rest to come....I cannot wait.

Must be heard to believe it

shadow doggy

We'll where to start? At the risk of sounding a little strange here...Please be seated when you hit play on this ,as this song is not to be taken lightly and is not encouraged to be listened to if you have a pre-existing heart condition. In the beginning you can expect to be experiencing a range of feelings- probably something like this. Euphoria, wonderment, peacefulness, joy, followed by a slight sensation of fear, don't worry that's just your fight or flight response kicking in as you hear the first note of the bass pin your heart to the tiles of heaven's basement floor. As you begin to hear the drums making their entrance you realize they are the the ebb and flow of Father Time himself- you are surrounded by angels. These angels are the string section making their entrance into the "song" . They carry you to a land where no one has have ever dreamed of. Once there, you realize that all the beings there are made of a bright white glowing loving light. They worship and love you and make you king of this unknown empire, a position you rightfully deserve. You were born there light years ago and ruled this place from the beginning of time but then somehow you forgot it all until you were brought there again. As the song plays on you stroll through the familiar halls of this ancient loving empire. A storm is brewing on the horizon, The climax of the song is appearing in the sky. With the peaceful break in the song you are encompassed by a black vacuum of space and time.

Pause.

A thunderous sound strikes upon the soul four times. Your universe is torn apart and thrown into a billion small pieces while a primal scream echoes upon your life in all time before during and in the future. That was the last chorus my friends. As the strings and piano fade into the darkness during the outro of the song, you are now experiencing that sound from a distance. From a far far place. You are weighted and feel a heavy other worldly presence as you wake up and realize that you are back in the "real world". You can't tell if four minutes or many many years have passed. Congratulations you've made it to the other side and back.

Hopefully this was helpful to some people on the fence about purchasing -

About Brandi Carlile

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 her stage debut at the age of eight after she was taken to a local country radio show by her mother. At 17, Carlile picked up the guitar, having developed a taste for rock & roll through Elton John's classic albums of the '70s, and began hitting the Seattle bar scene, playing anywhere she could get a gig (including a stint singing backup for an Elvis Presley tribute act).

While playing clubs, she encountered a band called the Fighting Machinists, featuring twin brothers Tim and Phil Hanseroth. Impressed by their instrumental skills and spot-on harmonies, Carlile became an instant fan of the band, and when the group broke up, she persuaded the Hanseroth twins to form a new group with her. While they started out as an aggressive rock & roll band, Carlile's emotionally powerful songwriting and acoustic guitar work soon became the dominant component of their sound, and they began touring regularly, headlining small venues and opening shows for Dave Matthews, Shawn Colvin, and India.Arie.

In 2000, Carlile recorded the first of several self-released recordings that sold briskly at shows. By 2005, she'd gained enough buzz to secure a contract with Columbia Records, which released her self-titled debut later that same year. The album earned enthusiastic reviews, and Carlile was named one of 2005's "Artists to Watch" by Rolling Stone. In 2006, Carlile and her band began work on her second Columbia album, The Story, with T-Bone Burnett producing. The record was released in spring 2007 to warm reviews, and the inclusion of its title track in several commercials (most notably a General Motors ad that aired during the 2008 Beijing Olympics) helped boost sales. Give Up the Ghost followed in late 2009 and cracked the Top 40, featuring production from another high-caliber studio hand, Rick Rubin, as well as a duet with childhood idol Elton John.

Carlile rang in 2010 by issuing a Valentine's Day-themed EP, XOBC. She also continued to tour, making a well-received stop at the annual Bonnaroo Festival that summer and collaborating with the Seattle Symphony for two shows in November. The symphonic concerts were recorded and released the following year as Live at Benaroya Hall. In 2012, Carlile returned with the album Bear Creek, featuring production from Grammy Award-winning mixer/producer/engineer Trina Shoemaker. Taking its title from the Washington recording studio in which the album was recorded, Bear Creek included the leadoff single "That Wasn't Me." Carlile returned to Bear Creek Studios to put together her follow-up, The Firewatcher's Daughter. Opting for a loose and live feel for the album, it was recorded almost without demoing any of the songs or overdubs. The album appeared the first week of March 2015.

In 2017, Carlile commemorated the tenth anniversary of The Story by assembling a star-studded charity album for War Child, Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of the Story. Inspired by an Adele cover of "Hiding My Heart," the album also featured Dolly Parton, Pearl Jam, Kris Kristofferson, Jim James, and the Avett Brothers, among others. Carlile returned with her sixth studio album, the Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings co-production By the Way I Forgive You, in February 2018. ~ Mark Deming

HOMETOWN
Ravensdale, WA
BORN
June 1, 1981

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