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The Story

Brandi Carlile

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The Story, Brandi Carlile’s second release, clearly announces the arrival of big talent. Her songwriting is accomplished, ambitious, and unabashedly emotional, and she puts them across with her huge voice — clear, strong, and passionate — over which she has amazing control; she could accurately be compared to Pasty Cline, k.d. lang, and Neko Case. Tastefully produced by T-Bone Burnett, the overall sound is spacious and warm, with subtle ambient touches added for extra texture. Even the relatively stripped-down tunes like “Josephine” and “Downpour” come across as lushly layered. She also rocks several powerchord anthems, particularly the fist-pumping title track in which she kicks into vocal overdrive on the chorus during one of the album’s more memorable and intense moments. Her melodies are pure and she naturally blends elements of country, gospel, and rock into her sound. There’s also a wealth of excellent harmony singing here by brothers Phil and Tim Hanseroth, who play bass and guitar respectively, as well as by special guests the Indigo Girls, who provide gorgeous backing vocals on “Cannonball.” Carefully constructed and arranged, The Story aims for epic and mostly succeeds, and Carlile should earn many loyal listeners on the strength of this sophomore release.

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do yourself a favor

hey, look, we all see crap like fergie and beyonce at the number one spots on here...its all polished and fake...its not real. its not genuine. brandi carlile showcases nothing but true gritty talent on this album. amazing songs. amazing passion. get this, and get everything else by her that you can. do yourself and everyone else who suffers through the junk we go by on the hot 100 radio day by day by day by day.

Her music will squeeze your heart and have you asking for more

If you took the absolute very best aspects of Rock, Country, Pop, and Folk music then fused them together, you would get Brandi Carlile. She is truly a master songwriter and musician. She and her band write their own music and perform their own music without having to mix and remix and synthesize. Their sound is honest, raw and real. If you want to listen to the fake, Barbie doll, plastic, manufactured pop princess sounds of other so-called artists, then you're on the wrong iTunes page. But if you want to hear music -- REAL music -- music that will squeeze your heart and stroke your mind, then BUY THIS ALBUM then watch Brandi live at a show. You could even catch her tunes being played on the TV show Grey's Anatomy. You won't regret it!

Amazing

I've never been more moved by an artist than I am by Brandi Carlile. I have been anticipating this new release since I first saw her opening for Shawn Colvin in October and she did not disappoint. Standout tracks for me are Have You Ever and The Story. Can't wait until I see her live again!

Biography

Born: June 1, 1981 in Ravensdale, WA

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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...
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