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Live at Benaroya Hall With The Seattle Symphony

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Culled from two incredible sold-out shows in November 2010 at the prestigious Seattle concert venue, Brandi Carlile - Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony features the acclaimed singer-songwriter-performer and her band -- Tim Hanseroth (guitar), Phil Hanseroth (bass), Josh Neumann (cello) and Allison Miller (drums) -- performing a finely drawn selection of original songs and well-chosen covers accompanied by a full thirty-piece orchestra.

Brandi Carlile - Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony showcases arrangements created for Brandi by Sean O'Loughlin (who's worked with Chris Isaak, Feist, Belle & Sebastian, Blue Man Group, others) and the legendary Paul Buckmaster (Elton John, David Bowie-"Space Oddity," Miles Davis-"On The Corner"). Buckmaster, who won a Grammy in 2001 for his arrangements on Train's "Drops of Jupiter," first worked with Brandi in 2009 on Give Up The Ghost, her third studio album.

Brandi Carlile, winner of Seattle's City of Music Breakthrough Award for 2010, sold-out her Benaroya debut in 2008. Returning to the Hall for the first time last November, after touring more than a year in support of Give Up The Ghost, Carlile treated her fans to an expanded road-polished repertoire, performing an exquisite set-list of original compositions and covers including Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," Simon & Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence" and Elton John's "Sixty Years On.


1. Curtain Call
2. Sixty Years On
3. Looking Out
4. Before It Breaks
5. I Will
6. Shadow On The Wall
7. Dreams
8. Turpentine
9. The Sound Of Silence
10. The Story
11. Pride And Joy
12. Hallelujah

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 3, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B004NCOQBK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,810 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Thomas E. Davis TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 3, 2011
Format: Audio CD
This concert made for an exhilarating evening. Now everyone can experience it.

Last night at Seattle's Benaroya Hall, Brandi, the twins (Tim and Phil Hanseroth), and their cellist, Josh Neumann, held a CD release party. Brandi said that of all the discs they've put out, this is the one they are proudest of, the one that best captures their live sound. She gave a lot of credit to their many exuberant fans, to their arrangers (including Paul Buckmaster, who worked with Elton John, one of Brandi's heroes), to their recording engineer, and to the Seattle Symphony, whose professionalism both challenged and inspired her.

Hearing the band with full orchestral backing elevates their music to an new level. The album was recorded at the symphony's primary venue, one of the most acoustically perfect concert halls in the world, giving the songs majestic settings. The contrast between the roar of a rock band and the sweep of a symphony orchestra is exquisite. Every note is pristine and vibrant.

Brandi's emotionally powerful voice, quavering and cracking with passion and heartbreak, is front and center on all tracks, with the exception of the twins' excellent cover of Simon and Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence." There are several other beautiful covers on the album (it opens with Elton John's "Sixty Year's On," closes with Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," and includes a hidden bonus, Alphaville's "Forever Young," with only piano and cello accompaniment), but most of the hour-long CD is devoted to originals by Brandi and the twins, who are great songwriters in their own right.

The disc includes numbers from Brandi's eponymous debut, her popular sophomore album, "The Story," and her most recent release, "Give Up the Ghost.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jon Eric Davidson on May 23, 2011
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It has been a joy to follow Brandi Carlile's career to date. Her youth belies the amazing sense of a well-traveled life that is found in her vocals, her songwriting is strong and poignant, and she proves that nearly anything from a wide swath of musical genres is completely within her grasp. Her musical stylings would certainly appeal to rock, alt-rock, country, and other fans alike. So, it is an added bonus to have - so relatively early in her career - the release of "Live At Benaroya Hall" to showcase her talents.

This is apparently a compilation of the best of her performances from last year's stand with the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall. I personally feel that they probably could have taken a complete live performance without having to cherry-pick; regardless, the production makes it sound seamless. The production also phenomenally captures the breadth of sound in the wonderful acoustic environment of Benaroya Hall. Ms. Carlile, her backing band, and the symphony can all be heard in near-perfect balance and richness.

The track selection leans more heavily on Ms. Carlile's two most recent discs - "The Story" and "Give Up The Ghost" - which is just fine, especially for the tracks she chose. They also included a few choice covers, including a remarkable version of the John/Taupin classic "Sixty Years On" that opens the show, Cohen's oft-covered (to the extreme) "Hallelujah", and a completely eerie version of Simon & Garfunkel's "Sound Of Silence" (performed by the twin brothers - Phil and Tim Hanseroth) that sounds as if the audience was transported back to the late '60's. As with her studio recordings, Ms. Carlile's vocals can make the listener feel at once uplifted and filled with heartache. Her vocal talents have never been displayed so vividly.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By packpal on August 18, 2011
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I'm 63...Very little of today's music catches my ear...so how does this young woman, half my age or more, stop my in my tracks, have me turn up the volume, and sing along out loud not caring who is watching/listening. Lyrics that tell stories that easily translate to my own, that touch on common life shaping experiences that alter our lives...and while there is some sadness in some of them, there is also the strength and hope of coming out the other side, richer for it, and not being dragged down by the negatives.
It is also obvious that she loves what she does, loves sharing it with fans, and has avoided the diva prima dona personna that the music industry seems to create all too often.
I really appreciate an artist that can still make me cry and dance at the same time. She is appearing in concert 70 miles from my home in September. I already have the tickets and a date. Forever Young!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Win on May 4, 2011
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This is a fantastic live concert with clear sound and excellent songs. The symphony and Brandi are so exceptional, you hardly even notice it's live. Brandi sings the songs that we know her for, as well as classics that she adds a whole new dimension to! If you've never heard "The Story" or if you have, you will be rocking out to the live version with the symphony orchestration and Brandi's unique voice!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Terry Hill on August 1, 2011
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When I first listened to Brandi Carli's 2009 album Giving Up The Ghost, she had me right out of the gun. From my perspective, I had stumbled upon a raw new talent that had limitless potential. Looking Out, starts out like I a 70's rocker rough and tough girl attitude and matching poetic lyrics smacking of rebellion in the ranks. Brandi shifts gears like a cross country truck driver, into folkie/rock anthems like "Dreams" at the drop of a cigarette, with the smoke still lingering she steps in and ups the ante song by song, daring and experienced for such a young woman. This album with the Seattle Symphony is a rare confluence of hipster orchestra meets young experienced folie/rocker forging fire and floods of beautiful songbirds in flight all across the Seattle skyline out across the Sound into the western sunsets.
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