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    Sara Bareilles – Little Voice

    It’s been quite a while since we’ve crossed paths with a talented female singer. Finally, Sara Bareilles has arrived with her debut album “Little Voice,” giving us hope that not all women need to prance around in panties and a bra to sell a record. The track titles are deceiving and at first glance it seems like every song is about some hopeless, romantic love that we hear all the time. But this album is just the opposite. “Love Song” is the first single to be released off “Little Voice”. Unfortunately, it is probably most well known for being featured on the Rhapsody commercial that shows Sara at her piano singing, while a man in a towel switches the channel on his tv set. But this song deserves to be given more credit. “Love Song” with it’s light, playful piano melody is catchy and easy to sing along with in the shower or the car, making it the perfect love song for any girl. It’s hard not to instantly fall in love with the rest of the album. Taking a break from the playful girl next door, Sara reveals more of an edgy style on track 2 of the album, “Vegas,” where she is reminiscent of a young Fiona Apple. The electric keyboard melody combines pop with the hearty rhythm of blues for a sound that is creatively new and innovative. Track 11, “Fairytale,” is by far the most creatively written. Sara turns fairytales into the story of jaded women who have dealt with one to many prince charmings. Sleeping Beauty is no longer sweetly innocent but “in a foul mood, for shame she says None for you dear prince, I’m tired today.” With an upbeat jazzy piano melody, one would mistake “Fairytale” for the love song that Sara cleverly satires. “Come Round Soon” brings the album back to a soulful blend of rhythm and blues. Sara shows a darker side through lyrics that depict a sad scene of a heartbroken girl being left by her lover. The bitterness suits Sara better than the nice girl image that she is currently displaying, making “Come Round Soon” an instant bad girl favorite and a new classic break-up song. The piano pop-based rock of Sara Bareilles is what has desperately been missing from today’s music. “Little Voice” is full of a unique style that makes this an album one to leave in the car on repeat. The music world should look forward to hearing a lot more of Sara’s playful but deep tunes, in the upcoming months.

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