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Brandi Carlile will make her independent label debut on ATO March 3 with the release of ‘The Firewatcher’s Daughter.’ The 12-song album explodes with energy, urgency and pristine harmonies and represents the start of a fresh chapter for Carlile and her longtime collaborators Tim and Phil Hanseroth, also known as “The Twins.”

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  • Audio CD (October 6, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,140 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Looking Out
2. Dying Day
3. Pride And Joy
4. Dreams
5. That Year
6. Caroline
7. Before It Breaks
8. I Will
9. If There Was No You
10. Touching The Ground
11. Oh Dear

Editorial Reviews

2009 album from the Washington-born singer/songwriter. For the Give Up The Ghost, Brandi worked with Elton John (on 'Caroline'), ber producer Rick Rubin, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers multi-instrumentalist Benmont Tench, drummer Chad Smith and Amy Ray of The Indigo Girls. Her last studio album, The Story (2007), has sold 315,000 albums to date and her music has been licensed to numerous television shows and ad campaigns.

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I didn't get a chance to hear Brandi Carlile's first album, but I heard critics saying good things about it.
Anthony Rupert
It is refreshing to hear such talent across the board - wonderful voice, great (and unique) instrumentals, as well as beautiful and meaningful lyrics.
I highly recommend this cd even if you are new to Brandi, I guarantee you will love it, I do so much that I am going to buy more of her music!
Corina Young

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By J. Ludwick on October 5, 2009
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
I've had the vinyl release for several days now and am quite pleased while looking forward to acquiring the CD for my car. I've been listening to Brandi Carlile and the Hanseroth brothers since I received a 'song-of-the-day' iTunes card from Starbucks in October of '07 highlighting the song 'Turpentine'. A few of these songs written by Brandi alone are so heartfelt, it truly feels as though she's desperately reaching out to disconnected people in her past.

The subtle use of instrumentation and orchestration in this third release is beautifully produced and does not in any way obscure from Brandi's unparalleled voice. She could sing (or yodel) her weekly grocery list, and I would drop what I'm doing to listen... anytime.

My current favorite tracks are 'Looking Out' (w/Amy Ray), 'Dying Day', 'Pride And Joy', 'Before It Breaks', and 'Touching the Ground'. Basically the entire album will grow on you. The upbeat song 'Caroline' is a wonderful treat with Elton John playing the piano the way ONLY Elton John can. Highly recommended!
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62 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Kornbluth TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 5, 2009
Format: Vinyl
It takes supreme confidence to start a rock concert by stepping in front of the microphone with your band and singing a country number that calls for you to... yodel.

Brandi Carlile is that confident.

And that good.

Make that devastating --- she may be the best female singer now working in rock or country.

At the Beacon Theater in New York, she worked through the songs on Give Up the Ghost and its predecessor, 'The Story'. The flow was organic --- she is one of those talents that arrives fully-formed. The crowd at the Beacon cheered wildly. The arena awaits.

The arena lies ahead because Brandi Carlile has enough vinegar in her voice to clean windows. She can whisper, she can shout --- and she can scream. And when she screams, she cuts through whatever is keeping your heart armored and shatters your defenses. Tasers have nothing on her.

It doesn't hurt that she's flanked by two guitarists --- twins, as it turns out --- who are so tall you think they're on stilts. Or that her drummer is a spiky-haired woman from Brooklyn. Or that, to one side, a cello produces exquisite balance. (On the new CD, she makes do with guests like Elton John.)

And it's a pleasant bonus that she's enormously appealing. Between songs, she's funny and tender and a little surprised by the rising trajectory of her career. But when she straps on an electric guitar, aims it at the audience and starts bouncing around --- that's something else.

Carlile puts her band through Beatle harmonies. She does Johnny Cash train songs. She makes "Let It Be" sound fresh. She does a song about a high school friend who killed himself that had tears flowing all around me. And, goofing around, she runs through some country songs that are compellingly bad/good.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 8, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Hurry, buy this Album!
This is 'Get-Stuck-In-Your-Head' music. As in catch yourself singing in the shower!
From the lyrics to the beat to..EVERYthing. Her voice is such a great story all by itself. All raspy and mysterious with feeling and angst. I just added this whole album to my iPod under FAVORITES!

I can't believe this is the first I'm hearing Brandi's music? I'm not a big Grey's Anatomy fan so I didn't realize a bunch of her songs have been on it.

I read that she is a big fan of Indigo Girls, that was enough for me to give her a listen.
I find myself listening over and over to the faster paced songs: Looking Out, Dying Day and Dreams. Perfect for my exercise playlist.
But I groove on the slower ones too.. (especially Pride and Joy and I Will) they will go into my late at night blogging music!

Here are the more toe tappin' songs {I could not pick a favorite out of them}. Seriously. I am in LOVE with this music.

LOOKING OUT. The part that gets stuck in my head:
Some People get religion. Some people get the truth. I never get the truth...
I am afraid of flying blind afraid of inquiring minds afraid of being left behind...

DYING DAY. My 8yrold heard this song and now calls it "that funny song about the kisses"!
Head catching lyrics:
How I miss you and I just wanna kiss you and I'm gonna love you til my dyin' day...
How these days grow long.
I'm having a hard time deciding which song is my favorite one. This one is for sure top three.

DREAMS. This was the first song off the album to be released and I fell in love with it when I first heard it. I added it to my blog and facebook, I'm her evangelist. I want everyone to hear this song.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John M. Seckman on October 6, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Here is another exquisite release by Brandi Carlile. I am so glad that she included "That Year" on this album. This song of loss and remembrance was one of the highlights when I saw her live in concert. I have loved her music since I downloaded "Follow" as the free single on iTunes back in 2006. Since then I have picked up every album, single and special release I can get my hands on. If you are thinking about buying (or downloading) this album, I promise you will LOVE it! You are about to make a close personal friend, through the universal language that is music. She's a little bit country, a little bit folk, and a little bit rock and roll, but through it all, she is 100% straight from the heart.
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