Apr. 9th, 2017

stoutfellow: Joker (Joker)
Has it actually been more than three years since the last time I did one of these?

Album Title: The Blessed Unrest

Why I Bought It: Blame James Nicoll. He posted a link to the video of her "Gonna Get Over You" on his LJ. I thought it was fairly good, but nothing to write home about. I did like her willingness to poke fun at herself at the end of the video, though. A little while later, he linked to her "Brave". I watched it. Several times, I watched it. It was shortly after that that I ordered this album.

What I Like (Encouraging): "Brave". This is the same sort of song as Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance", although its message is more activist. I love both of these songs; they link in my mind with, among other things, the last scenes of Masque World, where we learn of the lasting effects of the masquerade on the stuffy old bureaucrat.

What I Like (Clever): "Cassiopeia". While writing the songs for this album, Bareilles read a book on astronomy, including a discussion of one of the Cassiopeia supernovas. This was a type IA supernova, the kind that involves a massive but not quite supernova-sized star sucking mass off a companion star until it crosses the line and explodes. Bareilles wrote a song about it, casting it as a love story, with the two stars as principals. ("Let's get together; it'll be a blast!", she doesn't say - but that's the import of it.) It's clever, and joyous, and delightful.

What I Like (Beautiful): "I Choose You". One of the most wonderful love songs I've ever heard, and that's all I'm going to say about it.

Overall: This is a great album. I particularly like "Little Black Dress" (a fairly standard post-breakup song) and "Chasing the Sun" (rather opaque, but exciting in the same way that "Brave" is). I've also bought her album of songs from "Waitress", and plan to buy more.

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