Little Voice

Little Voice

by Sara BareillesSara Bareilles


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For her first major outing, Little Voice, Sara Bareilles puts forth an intimate, emotionally charged album that sounds remarkably polished for a fledgling self-taught songwriter/performer. In fact, her voice even stands up to professionally trained pop divas like Christina Aguilera. Her only potential downfall is that she fits so perfectly in the adult contemporary female pianist mold that comparisons are inevitable -- Bareilles' vocal range is similar to Fiona Apple and she bears a striking physical resemblance to a merged composite of Vanessa Carlton and Michelle Branch. Despite the plethora of comparable looking and sounding artists, she still manages to stand out. The songs are sultry and generally upbeat, and delivered in a soulful manner with polished production and arrangement, but her X factor is in her ability to make it all sound unforced and very, very easy. Unquestionably, she's a natural with a huge voice and personality that shine through with spirited energy here. Perhaps the best and most original track is the ultra-peppy (think "Benny and the Jets") "Love on the Rocks" (not to be confused with the Neil Diamond number). With a warm wah-wah guitar and meandering Motown-esque harmonies, it makes for a perfect summertime love song. Undoubtedly her expertise is writing love songs like this, evident by song titles like "Love Song" and "One Sweet Love," but there are enough uniquely spun takes on the subject to make it interesting. In "Fairytale," children's stories are used as a metaphor for escapism and dealing with depression, and with the moody ballad "Gravity," falling in love is compared to getting caught in an inescapable gravitational pull. In the latter tearjerker of a tune, she shows off her chops with a song-stopping vocal crescendo, further proving that she has a style that's something special, even among all the stiff competition.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/03/2007
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0888837945929
catalogNumber: 379459
Rank: 6717

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sara Bareilles   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Background Vocals,fender rhodes
Matt Chamberlain   Drums
Stuart Mathis   Guitar
Jamie Muhoberac   Piano
Rafael Padilla   Percussion
Eric Ivan Rosse   Percussion,Electric Piano,Mellotron,Piano (Grand)
Bruce Watson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Lyle Workman   Guitar
Joel Shearer   Guitar,Soloist
Cameron Stone   Cello
Chris Chaney   Bass
Josh Day   Background Vocals
Chris Joyner   Piano
Javier Dunn   Background Vocals
Brian Macleod   Drums

Technical Credits

Eric Ivan Rosse   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,overdub engineer,Vocal Engineer
Jake Davies   Programming
Sara Bareilles   Composer
Javier Dunn   Composer
Howard Christopher Willing   Engineer

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