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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.
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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Loved this CD. We really enjoyed Brandi Carlile live at Benaroya Hall with the Symphony. Her rendition of Hallelujah is one of the best ever and her song The Story is one of the... Read morePublished 17 days ago by G. Huff
I've never been one for "live" albums b/c I generally don't enjoy listening to them, but Brandi is even better live then her recorded stuff (and that's saying something!). Read morePublished 3 months ago by Theresa
I have listened to this album repeatedly, back-to-back, more times than I can count. Brandi Carlile is always good. Her folky/rocky music and lyrics is uniquely her own. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Angela B.
I'm going to keep this review simple - I haven't stopped listening to this since it arrived. Having all her other material, the way she transported these arrangements into... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Steven G. Labbe