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  • Audio CD (16 July 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B00CF7PG5U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,651 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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2013 album from the singer/songwriter. Recorded in Los Angeles and New York with producers including John O'Mahony (Coldplay, Metric) and Mark Endert (Fiona Apple, The Fray, Train), The Blessed Unrest continues to display Sara's signature voice and stellar songwriting. "I have never felt more open and more raw in my entire life. 2012 was a year of deconstruction for me personally," said Bareilles. "I have been confronting some of my greatest fears in the last handful of months and have been amazed at how empowered I can feel when I muster up the courage to turn and growl back at those monsters under the bed. The songs on this album are a true reflection of everything I've come to experience in recent months."

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By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 July 2013
Format: Audio CD
I had a bit of a soft spot for Sarah Bareilles' 2010 album 'Careful
Confessions'. With songs as good as 'Gravity' and 'Inside Out' in the
mix there was little not to love. 2011's 'Kaleidoscope Heart' had both
'The Heart' and 'Breathe Again', which was more than enough to be getting
on with but something even more special has come into being, however,
with her new project 'Blessed Unrest'. Ms Bareilles seems to have reached
deep down inside her soul and come back with an extraordinarily fine
collection of twelve stunning new compositions. There is a stirring
power and clarity in her voice which lifts these inventions into an
altogether different dimension. Something very special is happening here.

Jump straight to 'Chasing The Sun' (not that leapfrogging over the terrific
opening number 'Brave' makes that song any less wonderful!) for immediate
evidence of the growth and development in her work. What a great melody!
What marvelously affecting lyrics! Then there's THAT voice! Ms Bareilles hits
those big top notes squarely in the middle as though her life depended on it!
It's up there with the very finest songs we are likely to hear this year.

As if this were not enough compositions such as the deliciously melancholic
'Manhattan'; the resoundingly moving anthem 'Satellite Call'; 'Little Black
Dress', a cracking Motown-flavoured piece of bitter-sweet pop and the simply
beautiful country-tinged final song 'December', all prove beyond doubt that
this hugely talented singer/songwriter is going to be in it for the long run.

Essential.
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This is a great album from a very talented artist. Some really beautiful tracks - my particular favourite s 'Satellite Call' which I have on repeat! Chasing the Sun and Hercules are another 2 favourites, and of course the single Bave. 'Little Black Dress' is great fun, and 'I Choose You' is lovely. Definitely worth a listen, but if you like her other work, this album shows the growing maturity and development of expression by this artist. Loved it.
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I have been a huge fan of Sara ever since her first major label release "Little Voice", and this was always a must buy for me. When I finally got it (on release day) I was blown away (once again) by how beautiful an album she could create.
Each song is perfectly crafted, from the empowering "Brave", to the haunting "Islands" (a personal favourite of mine), and the album changes direction a few times, so you never really know where she's going next (the two space-themed interludes "Satellite Call" and "Cassiopeia" really make a impact).
Overall this deserves a wholehearted perfect score, and whatever unrest inspired her to create this masterpiece, may it continue well into the future!
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I'm a new fan, only just getting to know Sara's work in the last few months. I was in the States visiting family in March when I heard "I Choose You" on the radio and I just couldn't get it out of my head. I had to know who sang it. Then I heard "Brave" and a couple of the other tracks on YouTube and bought the album. I've been wearing a hole in it ever since. The more I play it, the more I love it. She's a really exceptional lyricist, but I also love the variety of both catchy and brooding tunes on the album, as well as her heartfelt voice.
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If you like Sara Bareilles or you are a fan of singersongwriter - good lyrics type people - This CD is great - There are so many stand out tracks but Chasing the sun and Hercules are my current faves - I buy loads of CD's and for me this the CD of 2013.
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I have always liked Sara Bareilles since hearing Love Song. However, her new album The Blessed Unrest is so good that I just had to write a review.

I was saying that this was the best album I had heard in 2013 BEFORE it was nominated for a Grammy Award! Not only the best album of 2013 but possibly the best pop music album I have ever heard, and my favourite goes back over fifty years being With The Beatles! Yes, it really is that good!

There isn't one filler in this collection and everyone will have their own favourite track. Mine? Probably Little Black Dress, but I love every track! I can't remember the last time that I had the same CD playing in the car continuously for so long!

Sara Bareilles has really come of age with this superb collection of songs. What a songwriter and also what a great voice!

Usually I would recommend buying a particular album - in this case it is an absolute necessity for any music lover. She certainly won't be able to better this - will she?!!!!!
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Admission: I've been a fan of SB for a while, and when the Brave video first came out was delighted this represented both continuity and a change in direction... am delighted that the rest of the album continues strongly in the same vein of evolutionary development of her sound.

Only disappointment is the *abysmal* paper/cardboard packaging - it simply tore apart in my hand trying to tease the CD out; ridiculous and massively annoying to have it made of such cheap shoddy wafer thin board. I reckon it's thinner than a Shreddies packet; I've had thicker CD pockets on the front of magazines...
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