Good Advice

Good Advice

by Basia BulatBasia Bulat


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Basia Bulat has acknowledged she went through a rough romantic breakup before she began writing the songs for her fourth full-length album, 2016's Good Advice, and even if she hadn't told anyone, it wouldn't be hard to figure out given the tenor of the songs. The first two numbers, "La La Lie" and "Long Goodbye," are pointedly addressed to someone who has a hard time telling the truth, while on "Let Me In," a similar character is chastised for his inability to open up and accept people around him, and "Infamous" concerns a guy who takes his bad-boy side a bit too seriously. Whoever broke Bulat's heart is not getting off easily on Good Advice, but if she feels wronged, her disappointment is articulate and expressed with intelligence as well as a dash of venom, and her vocals are airy as usual but full of confidence and emotional strength. Good Advice also finds Bulat working with Jim James of My Morning Jacket for the first time; he produced the set and matches her songs with keyboard-based arrangements that sound electronic and organic at the same time, full of the sheen of vintage synthesizers, but paired with rhythms that sound like the work of human beings. Musically, Good Advice is a long way from the folk-leaning sound of Bulat's early work, but it sounds as personal and heartfelt as anything she's released. If this is a pop move, it's one that's just idiosyncratic enough to prompt raised eyebrows from radio programmers and the average pop music consumer, at least on first spin. But a bad boyfriend has given Bulat plenty to say, and she has the talent and courage to speak from her heart and make her ideas heard. Anyone who has ever had a (broken) heart will find something they can understand on Good Advice.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/12/2016
Label: Secret City Records
UPC: 0680341500027
catalogNumber: 150002
Rank: 34198

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Basia Bulat   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Autoharp,Electric Piano,Vocals,Mellotron,Charango,Omnichord,Pump Organ,Marxophone,Multivox,Novachord
Kevin Ratterman   Organ,Percussion,Electric Guitar
Jim James   Synthesizer,Bass,Piano,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Saxophone,Mellotron
Seth Kauffman   Bass,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar
Scott Moore   Violin
Charlie Patton   Cello
Sarah Teeple   Background Vocals
David Givan   Percussion,Drums
Katie Toupin   Background Vocals
Lacey Guthrie   Background Vocals
Maryliz Bender   Background Vocals
Cher Von   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Mark Lawson   Engineer
Kevin Ratterman   Engineer
Jim James   Producer,Engineer
Howard Bilerman   Engineer
Basia Bulat   Composer
Renata Morales   Art Direction
Graham Lessard   Engineer
George Fok   Cover Photo

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