- 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)
The Blessed Unrest
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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."
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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?!!!!!
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...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This album far exceeded expectations. I am used to her great lyrics and melodies but this album shows unusual rhythms and time signatures which shows great imagination. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Adrian Brown
The Blessed unrest is undoubtedly sara bareilles at her all time best, this album delivers on every level & never fails to inspire, amaze & delight. Read morePublished 5 months ago by AdamJRaja
Darker and deeper side with this album , still loved it Brave, little black dress I had on a loop .Published 11 months ago by kazbar