Panic had set in. Sara Bareilles was supposed to be well into making the successor to the '07 platinum-selling Little Voice and, she says, "I think I fell victim to what a lot of artists go through with a second record: the expectations, the pressure, the anxiety of what’s to come, the idea that maybe I’ve already written my best work…" She decided to heed the advice of friend and fellow songwriter Matt Hales of Aqualung: “You can’t polish a turd. A bad song is a bad song. Ask for more time.” Looking for a creative spark, she headed into the studio and recorded the four songs that she loved. Then the "floodgates opened" and suddenly "it was easy, and exciting, and infinitely inspiring." After months of fear and loathing, she says, "it felt completely right."
The result is Kaledoscope Heart arriving September 7 (Epic), thirteen songs produced by Neil Avron (Fall Out Boy) that confirm Bareilles as one of the leading female voices in smart, melodic pop songcraft. With her massive "Love Song" single and songs like the gorgeous ballad "Gravity" from Little Voice, we knew that Bareilles knew how to write a hook-laden mainstream hit but what we've heard from Kaleidoscope indicates that she's even stepped up her own solid game. From the irresistible new single "King of Anything" to the soulful piano ballad "Bluebird" to the retro flavored doo-wop romp "Gonna Get Over You" to certified hit-in-waiting "Uncharted", Kaleidoscope Heart promises to be a polished, unpretentious gem. Highly recommended.
Sara Bareilles - "King of Anything" (from the album Kaleidoscope Heart)
Sara Bareilles - "Gravity" (from the album Little Voice)
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