Once Upon Another Time [Explicit]
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Once Upon Another Time [Explicit]

May 22, 2012

Song Title
Once Upon Another Time
Lie To Me
Sweet As Whole [Explicit]
Bright Lights and Cityscapes

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 18, 2012
  • Release Date: May 18, 2012
  • Label: Epic
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  • Total Length: 24:17
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  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • ASIN: B008234RGA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,231 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They may be lies but say we'll be alright May 22, 2012
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One of musics best vocalists is back at it again with Once Upon Another Time, a teaser if there ever was one.

Sara Bareilles hasn't been away from the studio for too long since Kaleidoscope Heart was released but that didn't stop her from giving her us what she calls "a love note to her fans" in the form of this EP, Once Upon Another Time. I've said many times that I think Sara has the best voice in music, hands down, a fact she backs up beautifully with this new offering. What is mysteriously missing is her upbeat tunes that got her on people's radars to begin with. However, this is a lesson in true musical prowess. No song offers anything more than subtle guitar, light drumming (maybe), some strokes of the piano, and gorgeous use of strings. There isn't a thing hindering her talent here, this entire CD is nothing but Sara destroying naysayers. No song does this better than the standout, Stay. The notes Sara hits are breathtaking, yet simple, and show her doing things vocally she hasn't done since her live album, Between The Line.

Lie To Me is the other highlight, with a nice kick drum beat, chunky guitar, and nice use of the piano and strings as background instruments that add a lot of depth. Lyrically, Lie To Me is my favorite song as well, with lyrics like "If I take you and your word then I'm empty handed" and "Look in my eyes when you say you love me so I can see you lie to me." It's scathing in an upbeat way, if that makes sense. And it's something Sara has perfected over the course of her career. She'll sleight you but rest assured she'll do it while making it catchy.

All in all, as much as EPs bother me--only because they leave me wanting so much more--Sara delivers the goods. In only 5 songs she does things with her voice and music that artists can't attain in an hour's worth of music. Sara is an artist that realizes she's where she is because of her fans and Once Upon Another Time is proof of this. Highly recommended.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! May 22, 2012
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This EP is absolutely amazing. Even after just a first listen, it is evident how great this EP is. It shows Sara's diversity in her songwriting, with songs like Lie to Me and Stay being with more of a modern soul sound, and Sweet as Whole being the most direct, honest, hilariously true song I have ever heard from her.

Once Upon Another Time- A great song that is almost all a cappella. It is , as is expected, mildly depressing. But the harmonies are beautiful, and it reaches into a Kaleidoscope Heart-esque, yet somehow fresh Sara.
Stay- A very soul-inspired song that Sara says is about new love. Released as a promotional single. Fantastic vocals ont his song!
Lie to Me- Reminiscent of 'Come Round Soon' and 'Not Alone,' this song expresses a sort of anger over someone... classic sara, once again.
Sweet as Whole- There are not even words to describe how much I love this song.....
Bright Lights and Cityscapes- Probably already my favorite track on this EP.It is a very well versed Sara song, with a haunting piano melody and Sara's vocals to cover it. This song is truly beautiful and sad.
Overall, a fabulous new collection of Songs from Sara. Would recommend to anyone!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This woman is a vocal and lyrical genius. Sara B is endlessly talented and this EP proves every ounce of that. Sure, we all love us some upbeat Sara, but sometimes we all need to get a little emotional...and this EP will certainly do just that. Also with "Sweet As Whole", a song that will surely be my summer anthem, in the mix, we get to laugh a little too. I didn't think I could have been any more of a fan than I already was, but I've only fallen deeper into my Sara B coma thanks to this EP.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why do you tease us so, Sara? June 21, 2013
By M. Fay
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This EP is a tease. I'm sorry, but it is. It was enough to hold a lot of Sara's fans over until the Blessed Unrest comes out, but it just makes me more restless waiting for the next album. And Bright Lights and Cityscapes is one of the best songs she does in concert.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More great music from Sara Bareilles June 12, 2013
By Steve
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The only problem with this recording is that it is too short (can never have too much SB music).
One song may not quite be what you want your children to hear, but it does say "Explict" in the title so be warned, her potty mouth is in effect for that one song.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of "Once Upon a Time" (Sara Bareilles) September 7, 2012
By Sue F.
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"Once Upon a Time" reflects a new level of maturity and creativity for Sara Bareilles. Perhaps because they are produced by her friend, Ben Folds. She sings the title track, "Once Upon a Time," a cappella. The lyrics reflect a level of sophistication, maturity, and complexity far beyond the usual, run-of-the-mill pop love song.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First two songs are incredible April 4, 2014
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I am not that familiar with Sara Bareilles, as she seems to have become more mainstream than indie singer. But from what I've heard from her, this EP may be her best work, IMO. "Once Upon Another Time" is an hauntingly powerful acapella song that really strikes you on an intimate level. "Stay" is a simple beautiful melody that really showcases Sara's otherworldy voice, especially in the chorus. On the strength of those two songs alone this album gets 5 stars but is probably more 4.6 stars. The other three tracks are solid songs, but they don't quite live up to the impact the first two tracks had.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Buy it on I Tunes it's cheaper. March 10, 2014
By Anso
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I love Sara Bareillis. This was her answer for the lengthy wait of three years in between her second and third albums. Produced by her friend Ben Folds, one can clearly hear his influence over her and on a short set of offerings. Two stand out songs on this EP are worthy noting classis Sara. Once Upon a Time is a sweet nostalgic song that is completely a cappella for the first two minutes of the song until one instrument is introduced that is played kind of like an according. It is a box like instrument that is very haunting. This is a great show off piece of Bareillis' beautiful range. Stay is a haunting torch song reminiscent of Bette Midler from the Rose. Bright Lights and Big City is classic Sara with fantastic piano and lyrics, typical of the kind of song one would expect from her. Probably the most over produced and slickest song is Lie to Me. Not enough of Sara's voice and too little piano. Basically too much of Fold's thumbprint. Too techno pop. And finally a comical self-indulgent song Sweet as Whole. Anyone who has attended one of her concerts knows she swears a lot. Something that I think does not necessarily take away from her music, but this song goes thru the color of the rainbow from A-Z. You'll laugh but this is hardly a great or even good offering. But she has a hilarious line about being not so nice and kind of a b herself. She is so talented one doesn't even mind. But for 5 songs it is cheaper on I Tunes and for the die hard fan it is worth a listen.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars SO SMART!
Sara's song, "Sweet As Whole," is a perfect representation of her personality. It's brilliant. I cannot get enough of it.
Published 2 months ago by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly Beautiful
A cliche I know. It is true nonetheless. This album is a nice intermediate between Kaleidescope Heart and Blessed Unrest. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jasmin
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the title song!
I have really enjoyed this album. Once Upon Another Time is such a pretty song and she sounds amazing singing it! It's one I could listen to over and over again.
Published 3 months ago by R. O'Brien
1.0 out of 5 stars CD Damaged
The CD was cracked, damaged and unable to play. Severely disappointed. Hoping to get another copy through a different. seller.
Published 3 months ago by Robin
5.0 out of 5 stars Once Upon Antler Time
This is a great album. Sara Bareilles is one of my favorite performers. I am really enjoy the music while crafting.
Published 3 months ago by witchduck
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
This is her best album.....she doesn't have a single bad song on it and her voice always makes me so happy. She's the best vocalist out there, in my opinion.
Published 3 months ago by The Lynnster
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Her Madly!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sara Bareilles is an amazing writer and singer! She should be singing the National Anthem at major sporting events rather than the ones who are.
Published 5 months ago by James Guilliams
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
Ok but I expect better/more from Sara and Ben Folds from their previous work and albums. Could be better and could be worse.
Published 8 months ago by Michael Rose
2.0 out of 5 stars Why so expensive?
$20 for 5 songs is a LOT, and I only loved 1 of the 5 songs. I wish I had listened to them on youtube before buying; it was not worth it.
Published 8 months ago by glitter_love
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
The first Song took my breath away and the rest are great too. I'd recommend to any Fan of Sara or Female Vocalists.
Published 9 months ago by connie sewer
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