The Blessed Unrest

The Blessed Unrest

by Sara Bareilles


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The Blessed Unrest is the flip side of Kaleidoscope Heart, the 2010 album that presaged Sara Bareilles' move into the mainstream, giving the singer/songwriter her first number one album and opening the door for a gig on network television hosting the competition The Sing-Off. Kaleidoscope Heart was bright and almost baroque, its arrangements lush and large, the kind of record that seems hazily triumphant -- which it was, to the extent that it was following her breakthrough hit "Love Song," the kind of single that could've pegged her as a one-hit wonder along the lines of Vanessa Carlton. Bareilles escaped that fate, as that spot on The Sing-Off illustrates, but The Blessed Unrest doesn't quite feel like a record written in the wake of such success. It's moody and textured, rolling out at a deliberate pace and colored in blues and greys, skillfully skirting the edges of alienation -- for as much as Bareilles can occasionally suggest early Fiona Apple, as she does once again on "Hercules," there is no chance she'll chuck it all in and deliver a piano-and-drums excursion into the avant-garde -- by asking listeners to lean in so they can absorb all the details. There are moments of levity here, such as the effervescent "Little Black Dress" and the subtly synthesized rhythms on "Eden," but they're here to provide necessary texture and relief, puncturing the cool nocturnal glow of The Blessed Unrest just enough so the album opens up and doesn't feel mopey. Then again, Bareilles is such a naturally melodic songwriter that she doesn't run much of a risk of seeming insular on The Blessed Unrest and, fortunately, the feel of the album follows the contours of her melodies, so its melancholy is warm and inviting.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/16/2013
Label: Epic
UPC: 0888837229029
catalogNumber: 372290
Rank: 8172

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sara Bareilles   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals,Wurlitzer
Jeremy Darby   Horn Engineer
Brian O'Kane   Trumpet
Michael Ward   Guitar
Mark Endert   Keyboards
Cameron Stone   Cello
Kevin Turcotte   Trombone
Cochemea Gastelum   Baritone Saxophone
Richard Underhill   Alto Saxophone
Curt Schneider   Bass
Kurt Uenala   Bass
Neal Sugarman   Tenor Saxophone
Chris Morrissey   Bass
Csaba Koczo   Violin
Aaron Sterling   Percussion,Drums
Colette Alexander   Cello
Mary-Katherine Finch   Cello
Yosef Tamir   Violin
Lyn Kuo   Violin
Dave Guy   Trumpet
Graham Finn   Guitar
Rich Hinman   Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar
Sarab Singh   Percussion,Drums
Jason Blynn   Guitar
Stacey Proffitt   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Mark Endert   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Kurt Uenala   Programming,Additional Production
Brian Kornfeld   Drum Technician
Jack Antonoff   Composer
Matt Hales   Composer
Sara Bareilles   Composer,Producer,Art Direction
Todor Kobakov   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Horn Conductor,String Conductor
Holly Adams   Art Direction
Matt Taylor   Art Direction
John O'Mahony   Producer,Engineer
Jason Blynn   Composer
Pete Parper   Composer

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The Blessed Unrest 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this album it is very upbeat and great to listen to anytime