The singer/songwriter was Brandi Carlile, and I thought the album (by the same name) was pretty good. I thought there were a lot of promising hints of artistry there, but chances were good that Carlile was holding out on us. Then, when I went to see the Indigo Girls perform at the Zoo last year, Brandi made a surprise appearance so enthralling that, when her five minutes were up, the crowd of devoted Indigo Girls fans was calling for Carlile's return.
The secret is out now. Brandi Carlile is one of those artists with a voice so incredible that, especially live, is just physically impossible to ignore. It took two years for Columbia Records—the folks who brought us Bob Dylan—to scare up a sophomore release. But boy, is this new record worth the wait.
The Story promises to be one of the year's best breakthrough records from an Americana artist. Carlile's expertise is blending her obsession with Elton John together with her natural affinity for traditional country-folk and singer/songwriterly tunes. The album comes out April 3 on Columbia Records, followed immediately by a slew of headlining dates around the country.
- Late Morning Lullaby
- The Story
- My Song
- Have You Ever
- Losing Heart
- Cannonball (featuring the Indigo Girls)
- Until I Die
- Shadow On the Wall
- Again Today
- Hiding My Heart (Hidden Track)