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The Blessed Unrest

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Recorded in Los Angeles and New York with producers including John O'Mahony (Coldplay, Metric) and Mark Endert (Fiona Apple, The Fray, Train), The Blessed Unrest continues to display Sara's signature voice and stellar songwriting. "I have never felt more open and more raw in my entire life. 2012 was a year of deconstruction for me personally," said Bareilles. "I have been confronting some of my greatest fears in the last handful of months and have been amazed at how empowered I can feel when I muster up the courage to turn and growl back at those monsters under the bed. The songs on this album are a true reflection of everything I've come to experience in recent months…"
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  • Audio CD (July 16, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: July 16, 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 51 minutes
  • ASIN: B00CF7PG5U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (497 customer reviews)
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By S. LeMay on July 19, 2013
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I am a huge Sara B fan, ever since Little Voice came out. I own pretty much all of her recordings and have had the fortune of seeing her in concert three times (completely worth it - she is better live than in the recording studio!).

The music and production is different from her last two full length albums - there's less outright piano, more electronic touches and a "produced" sound, but as an artist, you have to grow and change, so I respect that. Her lyrics are still as complex /layered as always and the melodies are singable.

Song by Song:
Brave - the most "radio friendly" of the album. It does the job with its perky sound, upbeat tempo. The lyrics send a good message. It's not my favorite song on the album, but it will be popular with folks who want to hear top 40 pop. 4/5
Chasing the Sun - I love this song - great lyrics and message, almost an anthem but a melancholy premise of being in a graveyard.
Hercules - Probably the darkest, moodiest song on the album - Fiona Apple-ish. 3.5/5
Manhattan - The slow ballad, piano driven song about heartbreak with jazzy undertones. Simple and beautiful. 5/5
Satellite Call - Electronica, outer space feel, about sending out a message of love to those lost. The vocals and production are ethereal. Very different from her previous work. 4/5
Little Black Dress - A very catchy tune, with do-whop sounds, like Gonna Get Over You. Very fun song that you can bop to on a Friday night, with your PJs and hairbrush mic. 5/5
Cassiopeia - Another electronic, outer spacy song, but I like it 4.5/5
1000 Times - Has a country twang to it! Could be played on country radio for sure - one of those "see you from the other side of the room at the country bar and I want to walk over and meet you" ballads.
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As a long time fan of Sara Bareilles, I would say that this album is another solid win. It's not much different than her previous albums, but I still enjoyed the new songs. There's just something great about Bareilles' smooth and raspy voice that makes her songs the perfect listening experience. Her songs are always accompanied by a strong beat presence that I really like. In addition to that, there's always a great variety between upbeat songs and slower peaceful songs, both of which turns out to be great experience when you listen to the album in its entirety. The lyrics and messages of the songs are also something that's become a rarity in today's music. Highly recommend listening to the album without skipping around, it'll be an awesome journey.

1. Brave (4/5) - This one has probably already started to be overplayed by the radio, but I'm still loving the upbeat melody and the empowering lyrics.
2. Chasing the Sun (5/5) - Another solid song. One of my favorites for its perfect tempo and mesmerizing beats.
3. Hercules (4/5) - A slower song carried mostly by a few distinct piano notes.
4. Manhattan (5/5) - Slow song accompanied by the piano. Simple, peaceful and beautiful.
5. Satellite Call (3/5) - Not exactly my cup of tea, but still a good listen.
6. Little Black Dress (5/5) - An upbeat and fun song with a sassy tone that makes me happy just listening to it. I would say it's much like 'King of Anything'.
7. Cassiopeia (4/5) - Another fun song with a futuristic sound theme that makes me feel like it could be a song in Star Trek.
8. 1000 Times (4/5) - Nice slow song with a steady beat.
9. I Choose You (5/5) - Another great song and one of my favorites.
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A few years ago I saw Sara in Chapel Hill performing with Greg Laswell. I realized there that Sara was simply just the real deal. She has both a magnetic joy onstage as well as the actual vocal talent to make her live performances sound as good as if not better than her studio albums. Something I've always found really special about her music though, is how accessible yet a little left of mainstream it tends to be. Its equal parts catchy and heartfelt--yet I never feel like she's trying too hard.

This album builds upon that by incorporating some new elements like jazz and electronic into her special brand of aware piano driven pop music. While listening to the exquisite ballad "Manhattan", I could see a dark smoky jazz club from the 1940s with Sara lying across a piano, crooning about a lost love to a hushed audience. Another more upbeat jazz influenced album standout, "Little Black Dress" sees the appearance of Sara's older sister doing Motown inspired pitch perfect background vocals which just mesh perfectly with Sara's voice. "Satellite Call" on the other hand, with its slight reverb and haunting melody makes me feel like I'm somehow underneath the Northern Lights just staring up at the stars lit up in swirling colors.

"I Choose You" starts with a subtle stringed bass line and understated vocals, yet builds into a very sweet and honest love song. It's the type of song that you could see being used in one of those lip synched marriage proposal extravaganzas on YouTube. Overall, this album probably is a bit more upbeat--not so much in tone (as many of the songs sound like breakup songs), but musically than her past two albums. "Eden" especially embraces this driving electronic sound.
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