Sara Bareilles is a breath of fresh air in the pop scene, and seems to have come from nowhere just when we needed an injection of hooky, melodic piano pop. Little Voice is full of catchy tunes, not least the chart success "Love Song". Stylistically there's a lot of variety here, from the bluesy "Vegas" to the edgier pop rock of "Morningside" and the sensitive, reflective ballad "Between the Lines". The clean-cut mix of piano and bass are ever-present, though, giving the album an honest approach - a bit like Maroon 5 meets Ben Folds Five, with Sara's expert vocal on top. As for Sara herself, she really has something special which defies a single comparison - at times she has a bit of Sandi Thom about her, at others she's a little Natasha Bedingfield, and then there's a bit of Gabriella Cilmi - her voice is really multifaceted.
All in all, well recommended - a great listen and every track worth revisiting.
on 15 February 2009
When I first downloaded this album, it has to be said, initially, it was from no great love for Sara Bareilles' music or singing voice. Instead, it was simply because of the fact that I couldn't get that infernal "Love Song" out of my head after hearing again and again on the music channels. So I downloaded it, listened to the track a few times, got bored of it, and there it sat, unlistened to, on my iPod for some time(partially due to the fact Vegas was the following track, which I never took to and is still my least favourite song on the album.)
Some months later I found myself listening to it again through shuffle,a pure accident, and was surprised to find myself actually enjoying listening to "Morningside." That led me onto the other tracks and a growing realisation that the album was nothing short of brilliant. Bareilles has something that I had never realised I'd been missing until I happened upon it. A beautiful, clear, awesome clarity of voice, tone, feeling; something, in short, of making the hearer feel privileged to listen to her. The words are clear(not screamed or distorted by sound technology),the instrumentals crisp and the message clear.
The lyrics are, as a bonus, refreshingly original and ring through heartfelt. So unlike some pop "music" of nowadays, where the same annoying sentiments are rehashed using the same annoying phrases and whining tones. They are also, to my suprise, funny, at times, thankfully not through their indeptness at conveying the sentiments behind them, but for the converse. One such example, that makes me chuckle every time, is in "Fairytale" -
"The tall blond lets out a sigh of despair,
says - "Would've cut it myself, if I knew men could climb hair"
Gotta find myself another tower somewhere,
Keep away from the window."
You can't fault her for not being original - that particular slant on Rapunzel amuses me to no end. That is but one example of this album's brilliance. There are many, reader. My recommendations as a favourite sad song (which, again, I was surprised by, as I loath sad songs) "Gravity" and as a happy one, aside from "Love Song", "Morningside." Both I loved, along with this entire album. Gravity remains my favourite.
I highly recommend this album, for not only all the above reasons, but also for the happy knowledge that it suprised me. I always think it's the best feeling in the world, being suprised by a piece of music. I was wrong about Sara Bareilles, and happily so. Her album has done more than prove me wrong, it has given me many hours of joy listening to it tell me how wrong I was.
I hope it will do the same for you.
on 13 November 2010
Some of the songs on this album are so fantastic, I actually can't believe it! i'm addicted!
The song that got me into Sara Barielles in the first place was King of Anything (from Kaleidascope heart), and I got this album at the same time, certain i'd love it. I did, from the moment i put it on, I was hard put to find a song i didn't like!
so here is a quick list of my favourites, and why i love them!
Love song, the signature song from this album, is so catchy it will have you singing along in no time!
'Bottle it up' is a great catchy tune, with some excellent lyrics. It's a happy song, but certain parts are just a little angry, and I rather enjoy singing along.
'Come Round soon', well, at first I thought I didn't like it, as I wasn't sure about the pace. But by the end of this track I was hooked! She demonstrates the most amazing range of vocals in this track, with the most fantastic high note near the end, which I wish I could master! Love it!
'Fairytale' now one of my all time favourite songs! I just love the lyrics, the freedom, the beat, everything! Every time I listen, it forms a wonderful image in my head. I'd love to make the music video for this song, there is so much to do with it!
So I recommend this album fully! it's just amazing!
if you are a fan of sara barielles, I also recommend: Maria Mena, Missy Higgins and Lenka, they are all amazing female singers with talent comparable to Sara Barielles!
on 21 June 2008
There is a jungle of female singer/songwriters out there, but only a few with a talent as Sara Bareilles. With "Little Voice" Sara Bareilles demonstrates that she is much more than one in a crowd of indistingishable artists. She is a poignant lyricist, versatile musician,and confident singer.
I especially like the way she works with rhythms in her songs. Some songs have drums and percussion, but the piano is the key in the rhythm.
On some songs it is easy to identify her musical inspirations, but Sara Bareilles manages to let herself be inspired and take flight on her own.
Sara Bareilles deserves a standing applause for the modestly titled "Little Voice".
on 19 October 2011
When Sara Bareilles is good she's very, very good. The quality of "Love song" alone is worth the price of the album. Her voice is reminiscent of many great soul singers, Dusty Springfield for one. But she definitely has her own unique style. Her voice and style can make an uninspiring song worth listening to. There are several tracks on this album which seem to lack something. However, I was very impressed by not only "Love Song" but also "Bottle it Up" and "Love on the Rocks" I would recommend this album for any Sara Bareilles fan.
Jennifer K. Lafferty
Author of Offbeat Love Stories and More
on 10 November 2008
With its incessant piano hook and heart-felt lyrics, "Love Song" caught my attention immediately as one of the most impressive debut singles I've heard on pop radio. So is it true with the rest of "Little Voice" which demonstrates that Sara Bareilles has an incredibly bright future ahead as a compelling chanteuse of original piano-based pop rock music (I'd like to think of her as someone with the melodic richness of a Sarah McLaughlin coupled with the sarcastic, hip lyrics and excellent musical chord writing of a Randy Newman.). Her stylistic influences range all over the map, from the fusion jazz of "Vegas" to the soft rock pop of "Love Song". Lyrically and musically, her most impressive songs include the short, but quite delightful, "Fairytale" and the memorable ballad "Gravity". "Little Voice" is a marvelous demonstration of "big talent" from a compelling young singer-songwriter from whom we will hear much of in the years ahead.
on 25 August 2008
Sick of one hit wonders? It's all too common - one good song and an album full of filler. To my mind, this album actually surpasses the promise of the single "Love Song". The more you listen, the more there is to like. If I'm honest, I barely listened to anything else for the last month - and that was an act of will. Her music combines melodies that will stay with haunt you for days with variety and genuinely clever lyrics.
If you like the slightly quirky off-beat feel of "Love Song", try listening to "Fairytale", or "Morningside". For sad ballads, you'll be hard-pressed to find better than "Between the Lines", "City" and "Gravity". If you like slightly jazzy Norah Jones style, try "Vegas" or "or "One Sweet Love".
on 30 June 2009
With all the singer-songwriters around right now Sara Bareilles is perhaps not as well-known as she should be, which is a shame as this album deserves some recognition. I thought Love Song was a great song when it was out but as much as I like singer-songwriters, you can have too much of a good thing, and I didn't rush to buy this album.
However, at the cheap price it is on Amazon right now, I'm glad I did buy it as it is definitely worth purchasing. Sara Bareilles reminds me a bit of Nerina Pallot, and although the songs on this album are a bit samey, that's not necessarily a bad thing when they're all so good. Standout tracks for me are Love Song, Between the Lines, and Gravity.
on 21 September 2008
I have never written a review before but felt that this time, this gem of an album deserves all the credit it can get.'Love Song' is buzzing through my head all day long I think I even sing it in my sleep!! Every song is so different, a factor that is missing from a lot of albums these days, which makes it so endearing. 'Love on the Rocks' is amazing, I just adore it. Everyone should own a copy and promote this young maestro, she deserves all the fame and fortune of a Super Star. Certainly one to watch. I hope the second album is as great.
on 28 August 2015
This is such a good debut from one of my all time favourite artists, Little voice is the 1st of 3 truly great albums by sara Bareilles. It features some wonderful Tracks that range from pop, rock, soul & of course love lost, the smash hit; love song, bottle it up, one sweet love, many the miles & fairytale, but it's the strength of the love Ballards that truly set this album apart, namely the beautiful 'between the lines' & the hauntingly heart-breaking 'city' & 'gravity', all in all a wonderful collection, & worthy debut of the great albums that followed... Seriously, singer song writers Do Not get any better than this !!!