Kaleidoscope Heart

Kaleidoscope Heart

by Sara BareillesSara Bareilles

CD(German Import)

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Opening with an airy a cappella title track, Kaleidoscope Heart takes greater sonic risks than Little Voice largely because Sara Bareilles can afford these left turns: she has a big pop hit underneath her belt, so she aims to buttress her artistic reputation. Bareilles hasn't turned into Joanna Newsom overnight -- she remains steeped in the '70s, building her melodies around loping piano progressions, draping even her sprightlier moments in strings -- but there's a greater variety of textures here along with stark melancholy undercurrents on her ballads, particularly the closing pair "Breathe Again" and "Blue Bird." She executes this contemplation well, but her strength remains elongated melodies so well-crafted and memorable that they seem familiar upon first listen. Despite lushly detailed arrangements, Bareilles never pushes this distinctly commercial gift too hard, letting the songs flow easily, and this gentleness is almost as appealing as those classically constructed melodies, tunes so softly insistent they could conceivably appear on adult contemporary charts anytime from 1971 to 2010. Because Bareilles is so naturally commercial, it's easy to dismiss these gifts, but her effortless music should not be taken for granted; it's tough to write tunes that play this easy that wind up enduring, and Bareilles has now done that two albums in a row, which is pretty impressive.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/15/2011
Label: Imports
UPC: 0886978232823
catalogNumber: 927155
Rank: 34869

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sara Bareilles   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Vocals
Tom Scott   Saxophone
Neal Avron   Organ,Synthesizer,Strings
Charlie Bisharat   Violin,Concert Master
Matt Chamberlain   Percussion,Drums
Chuck Findley   Trumpet
Paula Hochhalter   Celli
Victor Indrizzo   Percussion,Drums
Josefina Vergara   Violin
Suzie Katayama   Conductor
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Justin Meldal-Johnsen   Bass
David Levita   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Alyssa Park   Violin
Andrew Duckles   Viola
Fil Krohnengold   Guitar,Keyboards
Steve Richards   Celli
Josh Day   Drums
Blake Mills   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Javier Dunn   Guitar
David Stone   Double Bass
Matthew Funes   Viola
Daniel Rhine   Bass

Technical Credits

Neal Avron   Programming,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Suzie Katayama   String Arrangements
Tommy Walter   Programming
Sam Farrar   Composer
Erich Talaba   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Sara Bareilles   Composer
Josh Day   Composer
Javier Dunn   Composer
Daniel Rhine   Composer

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