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Kaleidoscope Heart [VINYL]

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  • Vinyl (13 Sept. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Epic
  • ASIN: B003W77S62
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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BBC Review

The churning beige waters of the folk-based female singer-songwriter are deep and lucrative indeed, but tough to distinguish oneself amidst. A kooky edge and vocal inventiveness has helped Regina Spektor gain distinctive colour, Shania Twain made billions by delving sporadically into country pop and Tori Amos has done surprisingly well out of playing the pig-suckling nutjob.

Sara Bareilles – high school contemporary of Maroon 5 and native of the fittingly named Californian town of Eureka – has shifted a million units by spinning on a precise mid-point of all of these approaches (although her 2007 iTunes-giveaway megasmash Love Song certainly helped). And this third album continues her undizzy pirouette. "I’m just a basket case, that’s what I do," she croons – remarkably sanely – on Basket Case, neatly setting out her quirkstress stall according to the first rule of Freaky Fem-Folking for Idiots. King of Anything bitches along joyfully, lobbing barbs and put-downs at an arrogant beau with all the sneery sass of That Don’t Impress Me Much. And the radio-nuzzling choruses are dolloped on generously: Not Alone lilts along with a jazzy skip redolent of Lily Allen, while Uncharted stabs Spektorishly at a piano along to Feist-y country pop hooks. Hooks that intensify on Gonna Get Over You, which might as well be called Man, I Feel Like Shania.

True to genre, Bareilles lathers cringe-worthy clichés over every tune – she doesn’t know how to keep a hold of her heart (Hold My Heart), doesn’t fancy being alone much longer (Not Alone), is happy to follow you into the light if you look into her eyes (The Light), but is planning to walk away if he doesn’t say he’s sorry (Say You’re Sorry), at which point she’ll cry until the end of time (Let the Rain). Whether he creeps into her dreams and holds her in his arms until the morning light is sadly undisclosed here (my guess: he probably does), but even swathed in such hackneyed heartache, her tweaks towards the fringes of girl-with-piano culture do indeed lift Bareilles above the morass of Fiona Apples, Norah Joneses and Nelly Furtados that are her true bedfellows. Plus, there’s a songwriting subtlety at the core of Let the Rain and Bluebird that almost – almost – lives up to her Modern Mitchell billing.

Kaleidoscope Heart? Dandelion Mind, Bill Bailey would call it in his recent stage parody of such airy-fairy, gossamer-minded folk fluff. But this is one mainstream marshmallow with an acidic coating worth a lick.

--Mark Beaumont

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The more I listen to this the more I realise what an exceptionally talented musician and performer Sara Bareilles really is. Beautiful voice and writer of songs that ooze originality and depth, I simply cannot understand why she isn't winning Grammy awards by the truck load. Not a duff track on the CD and many gems to enjoy. My particular favourites at the moment are tracks 7, 8 and 9, The Light, Basket Case and Let The Rain. But I could listen to all the tracks all day long.
Anyone who's seen her "Between The Lines" DVD or looked for her on YouTube will know her live performances are even better.
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I bought this cd after hearing one of the songs on it 'Breathe Again' used on 'The Vampire Diaries' tv show. The song was very heartfelt and beautiful that I just couldn't get it out of my head and so I typed in the lyrics into google and found the name of it as well as links to videos on YouTube where you can listen to the whole album before making your mind up to buy or not; which is exactly what I did.

I think 'Kaleidoscope Heart' is a fantastic record with many great tunes that has sadly been under marketed in the UK.... Prime example is that I couldn't even find it on the high street, despite the fact that it's a 2010 release, and the only place I found it was here on Amazon.

Sara Bareillis is a brilliant song writer and musician and this album goes to prove that. If you've never heard anything of hers before this CD is a great introduction to her music. I'm glad 'The Vampire Diaries' used part of it in their show or I would have never even heard it.
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This album is wonderful! I have to say it took a while for me to get into some of the tracks, but now i find it incredibly hard to choose which one i want to listen to first!

My favourite remains King of Anything, because it is the song that really got me into Sara Barielles in the first place. However, I adore Uncharted, Gonna get over you and Not alone. But breathe again and machine gun are also fantastic tracks!

her style is just so different and individual! And her style changes between tracks too, Gonna get over you has a bit of a 50s feel to it, King of Anything is very bouncy, breathe again is melancholic, it's such a wonderful mix, there is bound to be something you like on this!

If you like sara barielles, I recommend Maria Mena, Missy Higgins and Lenka, they are all great female singers!
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I seem to have been waiting forever for something new from Sara B. Kaleidoscope Heart was so worth the wait! I loved "Little Voice" for its sultry smoothness. Kaleidoscope Heart is edgier,rockier but still with that intense love ballad feel to be found in songs like "The Light", just where it's wanted. "King of Anything" (the single) is catchy with attitude.
Overall, a fantastic album from this under-rated multi-talented singer/songwriter/musician. I for one am going to enjoy it.
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After the flawless debut album, "Little Voice", I was left wondering whether or not she was going to be able to pull off an album just as brilliant as the previous... The answer is yes, she can. "Kaleidescope Heart" is everything "Little Voice" was and even more.
She delivers deep, meaningful lyrics that one can relate to and her words (as well as her voice) will linger in the mind quite some time after the song is finished. Her lyrics are both powerful and mature, and her voice carries them through with ease.
Anyone that had bought and heard all 12 tracks of "Little Voice" will know how talented she is, and you are definitely going to fall in love with this 14-track album of new material just as you did to the last.
A superb 2nd album from Sara Bareilles, hopefully there will be many more!
Top 5 tracks:
1. Breathe Again (track 12)
2. Let the Rain (track 9)
3. Uncharted (track 2)
4. Bluebird (track 13)
5. King of Anything (track 5)

Add this to your basket now, you won't be disappointed.
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Well, liked first album, but this collection of songs blows me away, this really is a superb listen, I have had it for many months but always have to return, for another play, some records I like initially sound stale after a while. not this, It really is a masterpiece, (and is in my top ten of all time, my collection is just over 1100 cds) PLEASE LISTEN AND MAKE UP YOUR OWN MIND. Tony.
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I loved Little Voice and was eagerly awaiting this. On release date couldn't find this in any uk store. I couldn't wait so ordered this from Amazon and I adore it as much as Little Voice.
Bareilles has an amazing voice and is a fantastic songwriter. I'm a fan of Lady Gaga but I'd pick Bareilles any day of the week. Her music is grown up and quite frankly gorgeous. The songs on 'Kaleidoscope Heart' flow gently from one to another and sound like they belong together.
On my first few listens these are my stand out tracks...

Uncharted
Gonna Get Over You
King Of Anything
Say You're Sorry
Machine Gun
Not Alone
Breathe Again

The only one I haven't really taken too is The Light. It may grow on me but it may this album's 'Vegas' which was the only song I disliked on Little Voice.

Along with Ingrid Michaelson she is one of my favourite artists and it's a huge shame this album has been largely ignored in the UK after her previous success.
It's great to have a female artist that doesn't have to rely on her body or sing about how sexy she is. Her voice and music prove she is worthy of her recording contract.

Also on a different but important note: the import version packaging is environmentally friendly, no plastic. :)
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