The Story
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The Story

April 3, 2007

Song Title
Late Morning Lullaby (Album Version)
The Story (Album Version)
Turpentine (Album Version)
My Song (Album Version)
Wasted (Album Version)
Have You Ever (Album Version)
Josephine (Album Version)
Losing Heart (Album Version)
Cannonball (Album Version)
Until I Die (Album Version)
Downpour (Album Version)
Shadow on the Wall (Album Version)
Again Today / Hiding My Heart (Digital Album Version)

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 3, 2007
  • Release Date: April 3, 2007
  • Label: Columbia
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  • Total Length: 50:53
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  • ASIN: B00138H0H4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,758 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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125 of 125 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Brandi Carlile's second CD starts with a song that pretty much positions her for the knowing listener. That is, if you like Melissa Etheridge and Rosanne Cash and Emmylou Harris --- smart, sensitive singer-songwriters who can shout as well as whisper --- you're going to like this singer-songwriter too.

That is, she's pleasant. Accomplished. But derivative. And, thus, hardly essential.

The second song --- the title song --- begins. It's written by one of the twin brothers who are Carlile's house band. It rocks a little harder, and then, at 2 minutes and 56 seconds, it returns to its opening:

All of these lines across my face

Tell you the story of who I am

So many stories of where I've been

And how I got to where I am

But these stories don't mean anything

When you've got no one to tell them to

It's true...I was made for you

And as Brandi Carlile delivers those lines, something happens that I can't recall occurring for donkey's years. The singer doesn't "sing" the first few lines. She explodes out of your speakers. Looks you right in the eye. And flat-out screams.

Do you shiver? I did. And I'm the guy who likes a lot of emotion.

From there on, Brandi Carlile was as necessary to my life as caffeine. "I started losing sleep and gaining weight/And wishing I was ten again/So I could be your friend again." There's stuff like that in every song.

Thirteen songs. Love songs, all. If, that is, you define love as living in each other's guts, or trying to get there, or wondering why you're not there any more.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The story has only begun (hopefully) March 30, 2007
By Carlos
Format:Audio CD
Brandi Carlile faces a dilemma and I bet she knows it. She's a little bit alternative, a little bit folk and a little bit country. This pretty much guarantees that mainstream radio, with it's segregated programming and lack of imagination, will probably ignore her. While she's certainly young and cute enough, she does'nt gyrate on stage and croon about her bedroom which means MTV will have no use for her either. Well, radio aand MTV's loss is our gain because Brandi Carlile might just have the most expressive and beautiful voice I've heard in a long time. I was blown away by the first song I heard from this album on a free sampler CD. It was the title track "The Story". What impressed me was Brandi's sudden launch into a harder edged rock sound, her powerful vocals almost cathartic. I was curious and maybe a bit apprehensive about whether the entire album would have the same sound. Well, I should have known better. Brandi is NOT one dimensional. This new CD picks up where her debut left off. It alternates between heartfelt ballads, Americana and midtempo rock ("Cannonball" being a particular favorite). The copyright dates on the songs are from 2001 through 2006 so this may be a collection of road-tested "trunk songs" i.e. songs Brandi and the twins have been playing live for a long time now. Regardless, Brandi Carlile can sing the birds out of the trees. Honestly, her voice is so mesmerizing and her use of it so artful that you have to wonder why she's not the top selling female artist in the country. As evidenced by the strength of her two CD's, I'd say Brandi's got a long and legendary career ahead of her.

Now I know what you're thinking, why not 5 stars then? Well look.... I'd give REVOLVER 5 stars...I'd give PET SOUNDS 5 stars, know what I mean?
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No sophomore slump here... April 3, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Brandi Carlile has been on the periphery of my radar for a few months now, and The Story has permanently converted me to one of the faithful. I keep playing the title track over and over again, just can't get this song out of my head. The sheer emotional power rips through your soul like an out-of-control freight train, stirring up heartache, lost love and painful past memories -- yet is healing and bittersweet all at once. And when the Hanseroth twins double-barrel power chords come crashing in on the chorus, the song just plain shreds. This ain't no bubblegum pop. The talent, wisdom, loss, torment and life experience present in her vocals contradicts her 23 years, and it appears that she has successfully channeled the spirit of Patsy Cline for a new generation. Thank you Brandi, I sincerely wish you a long and rewarding career. And for all of you listeners hungry for something different, do yourself a favor and buy this album right now -- as well as her excellent debut.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Second! August 23, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Brandi Carlile's second album takes you like a tropical storm and settles you to a poetic calm. The title track "The Story" is sang like an anthem, when she wails ". . . all the lines on my face tells the story tells you the story of who I am. . . " you get shivers. She has such a powerful voice.
This is a great second album and is consistently fantastic like her debut. From the first track "Late Morning Lullaby" to "Have You Ever," this CD is very much country- folk infused with the strong vitality of vintage rock and roll. Its an impressive sophomore effort. Most of the songs are written by Carlile with her famous cohorts, the Hanseroth twins contributing intermitently. They also are provide all the musical instrumentations. It's an impressive feat, so one must wonder is Brandi putting out too much, too early at such a young age, will she continue to be creative and exiciting? Lets enjoy "The Story" and ponder this later.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this cd...
I bought this cd because the title song is sung on "Grey's Anatomy". I ended up enjoying the whole cd!!!
Published 9 days ago by Linz 50
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This is my second Brandi Carlisle CD and am happy to be a fan. She has great story-telling folk songs and I totally want to see her in concert now. Read more
Published 24 days ago by WiseGuy541
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Voice, Fantastic Album
I bought this album simply because I love the song The Story. I had never heard anything else from Brandi Carlsie but based on the one song I took the leap and bought the ablum. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cheryl Larkin
5.0 out of 5 stars This is my 2nd Brandi album and I love them both
Brandi has an amazing voice and with the twins backing her writes some really great pop music. My buddy said it best when he called it "pop for cool people. Read more
Published 1 month ago by benb79
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent cd
I heard Brandi Carlile on Prairie Home Companion and loved her voice. The entire cd is very strong. One of my favorites.
Published 4 months ago by DM
5.0 out of 5 stars Best CD Ever
Every song takes me to a different place. Brandi wrote most of these songs herself, making her dual-talented. Read more
Published 4 months ago by marlene whtn
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
Brandi Carlile has an outstanding voice. This is a really great album. Ms. Carlile has the type of voice that can sing most anything and make it enjoyable.
Published 4 months ago by Leonard
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome experience!
The case was a little worn like the description said, but the rest was in mint condition. It was well taken care of and I have enjoyed listening to this record since I received it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by joifulhrt
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Carlile is a great musician and she has a voice that is astounding. I think she should have more of her songs from this cd played on the radio instead of just My Story. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Daniel Berry Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best Folk singers I've ever heard
I love her music. I listen to her cd every single day. I just relate to what she says. it's a very powerful CD. She has a story to tell and she tells it here. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Shirley H.
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