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More Love: Songs from Little Voice Season One Tracklist:
This album is like the kindest version of my soul climbed out of my body and tenderly invited me back in for tea, and led me to courage. Gosh, Sara, thank you. For being an artist. For being true. For inviting us and enlightening us to a long, loving look at the real. It pops, rocks, lulls, sways, marches, harmonizes, and soars through a souls guide to liberation and indeed, more love. This is a timeless compilation of music that will companion me for a long time to come.
Each of Sara’s studio albums has had a different producer and a different feel. Her last album, Amidst The Chaos was richly realized, with a wide variety of orchestrations. By comparison, this album feels smaller and more spare. While I have not read Sara’s comments about this, my sense is that Sara crafted the songs to be performed on the show by “Bess King” and a small ensemble — often just her vocal and “Samuel” on guitar. As a result this album feels like demo recordings, meant to express the core of the songs to the cast. So while some reviewers object to this vibe, it represents yet another exhibit of what make Sara Bareilles such a compelling artist. And in fact, most of the Brittany O’Grady recordings are arranged quite differently than here, with a couple of exceptions that exactly mirror Sara’s originals here. As always, Sara’s songs are haunting; I find them playing in my head constantly. There are no burn-down-the-house anthems like Love Song or Brave, and none as exuberantly joyful as I Choose You or Gonna Get Over You. They are more from Sara’s Joni Mitchell catalog: reflective, piercing, from the heart, often with remarkable insight. Tell Her is one such song, revealing a scorching emotion that anyone who has been involved with an evasive lover will share. Ghost Light, based on the Broadway custom of leaving a light on for the ghosts of legendary performers, comes from a similar place as City from Sara’s breakthrough Little Voice album — the experience of feeling unseen, unvalidated, unloved. Simple and True, another scorcher, stands among Sara’s greatest: a cry of complete loss of someone whom you still are in love with. The Little Voice soundtrack album with Brittany O’Grady provides a fascinating and rewarding companion to this album, with her vastly different tone of voice vs. Sara — more smoky and velvety, yet not as bravura — while still capturing the emotions with tear-inducing vulnerability. It also helps to watch the ten episodes of Season 1, to understand the context of some of the more specific songs (King of the Lost Boys, In July). I give this album four out of five stars because of the “demo” feeling, and wonder what else Sara would have brought to the songs with say a T-Bone Burnett as producer. But taken together with the soundtrack album I give it five stars, and find this another worthy masterwork by the woman who always puts in the effort to deliver something that touches your heart.
I am a huge Sara fan and have been eagerly anticipating another album. This album was well worth the wait. Sara has the most beautiful voice and every song on this album is so heart felt and beautifully done. I can’t even choose a favorite song. They are all so well done!! Possibly my favorite album of all time!!
Sara Bareilles is no stranger to writing songs that make people feel. Her last album (Amidst the Chaos) was a force of feeling: empowerment, heartbreak, blissful love, lost hope. This album falls right into that vein. In watching Little Voice, it was so evident that Sara wrote the music for it. There’s a quality in her phrasing, a lyrical prowess that’s unique to her. There’s a particular rhythm that her songs so easily fall into, allowing the listener to really take in the words, to let them marinate, to pause and reflect. This album does that as well. It’s not overproduced; the music complements the lyrics and allows them to shine. I’m so happy that we get to explore her interpretation of these songs that were sung so well by the cast and fit into such a beautiful storyline. This is exactly what I was hoping for: artistic beauty and a raw take on songs we’re used to seeing as part of a production. “Dear Hope” and “Simple and True” are particularly beautiful. “More Love” is an anthem for anyone on any given day in 2020.
I really wanted to love this. The arrangements on the show are perfection. And with her having covered the songs from Waitress so perfectly I was hoping this was going to be similar. This sounds so TRIBAL and busy apart from a couple of songs. It’s like the heart goes out of songs with them being so overdone. This happened on her old album too. That’s what I loved most about her older stuff. They were so simple and full of heart. I’ll keep going back to her older stuff, and love the songs from the show with Britney O does on the show and purchased. Sadly this one is not for me.
Such a great voice. Like a few of her later songs but this album has been amazing so far. Her voice is amazing and her talent is underrated. Maybe no pop songs on this album, but great to listen through the entire album