If there was anyone who was ever destined to both play piano and sing simultaneously, it's Sara Bareilles.
By SaraB Junkie
Love this album
I am new to Sara Bareilles’ work — beside the mega hits. I was astonished to discover the depth of her talent here, not just her singing but the music of her songs and stunning lyrics.
My instant reaction was that Sara Bareilles rivals Annie Lennox as an artist — a commanding vocal presence, and lyrics that uproot your heart. I cannot stop playing this album. Its songs haunt me: each one is my favorite song when it comes on.
This is not just music. It is a marvelous statement of human compassion. Awesome is a word that truly describes it.
Judging from many of the other reviews here, listeners wanted a party album. Instead we have one of the greatest albums ever, on par with Carole King’s Tapestry, or Annie’s Diva.
Sweet melodies. A highlight of this woman’s career. Well deserved Grammy. And that’s my saint honesty speaking!
Amidst the chaos, her voice continues to light my way
I am so confused about these reviews. It seems many are so quick to forget that artists are the storytellers; the true recorders of history. It’s hard to deny, especially now, that this is a momentously chaotic time in human history. And wow, this album tells her story, and it is beautifully and painfully relatable. She fell in love (“Miss Simone” / “Fire” / ), achieved numerous life and career goals, saw women rise up together and say #TimesUp (“Armor”), bore witness to unthinkable human rights atrocities (“Safe Place to Land”), and did it all with a hope that we continue to reach for our fellow humans in love and peace (“Orpheus”), which is and has always been what she stands for. Also, thanks to her, I now know Emily King, too. “If I Can’t Have You” is so much fun, not to mention the classic broken-hearted Sara songs like “Poetry By Dead Men” and “No Such Thing”. I’ll admit, I don’t get “Eyes on You”, but come on, she finally broke the power ballad purgatory of “Gravity” with “Saint Honesty”, which put the album over the top for me. I’ve been a fan since 2004’s Careful Confessions, and my opinion is that she has only gotten better as she continues to challenge herself with each new project. This is another top notch album from one of the most exceptional singers, songwriters, and storytellers I have been lucky enough to know. Can’t wait to see what’s next. ❤️☮️
Loved or Hated - Here's why.
By JScott addicted
As you read the reviews of this album you'll notice that most folks either loved or hated it. The reason is that she drastically departs from her previous style and writes an album for herself. This leaves those of us that fell in love with her positive vibe and style wondering what happened to her. What happened is she's made the mistake of abandoning her audience for her self-interests far too soon in her career. This is the kind of move that should only be made after a well established career, when you can afford to piss of your fans and lose album sales for a year or so. I think it's too soon for Sara. She's forgotten that a pop artists' job is to entertain her fans, not herself. That kind of thinking is what killed jazz in the 50's. Groups began playing for themselves instead of for the dancers that had been filling their halls. Sure, some listeners will like this kind of reflective soul-searching music. But not enough to keep her in the public's thoughts for long. I understand an artist wanting to 'grow' but should they at the expense of their careers? The old Sara was a brilliant writer and her arrangements were top notch. Always a joy to listen to. There is no joy amidst the chaos.
I genuinely do not care what the motivation was behind these songs. I don’t care if it was political, not political...doesn’t matter. I have loved everything Sara has ever put out and was SO excited for a new album. But this doesn’t even sound like her. It doesn’t tug at my heart. It doesn’t make me get lost in the melody. Absolutely falls flat for me, and I hate that truth.
I love Sara!
Every new album of Sara's becomes the anthem of my life for that year! Amidst the Chaos is no different. These are the songs I always find myself singing as I go about my day. Sara never fails to strike a deep emotional chord with the most vivid lyrics and gorgeous instrumentation. And that is why she is my favorite artist.
Give it a chance before you give up on this album
At first listen, I was disappointed esp since I love Sara but I stayed w the album continually playing it in my car, listening to the lyrics and getting hooked on the musicality. I feel most of the album tempo is similar but its an album you would put on when you have a fire blazing, candles flickering and wine in hand to just listen and chill. Fav song is Wicked Love.