I have just bought the album Give up the Ghost and I think it is Brandi Carlile's best accomplished, vibrant and risk taking one. Lots of promise for this young singer and her amazing band. Her voice just draws you right in from the start, powerful, enticing and mesmerising. You can't help feeling moved by the lyrics and hunger for more once it all comes to a close. And for the less convinced fans out there, Sir Elton John contributes to the song Caroline...Not bad for an endorsement and musical contribution! She must have been star struck on meeting him I am sure.
There are too many songs to mention such as Before it Breaks, Pride and Joy and Dying Day that I fell in love with. I guess you will just have to trust me and listen for yourself. I was introduced to her music by a friend in 2005 and I have actually seen the band play on three different occasions, so I knew what to expect from this delicious and emotive composition.
They certainly seemed to have grown more confident as a band taking risks and venturing into unchartered territories of Dreams and Oh Dear which could not be more further apart in terms of vocals, rhythm, instrumentation and style, but instantly became audience favourites.
The album is out! Her influences range from J. Cash, Patsy Cline, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jeff Buckley and Elton John...
Dying Day is an unplugged version, which always sounds best when played to a live audience as showed in this amateur video shot in The Depot in Salt Lake City on the 10th september 2009. She has a lovely manner and engages her audience with fun and ease. The best thing though, I was there !!
This second one has been my favourite since she started playing in 2007 and has made it to this record. It is called Pride and Joy and it is beautiful.
And just because I had a fantastic time I will add this old and very engaging song called Turpentine.