Whenever I read that a new up and coming songwriter is being compared to artists like Norah Jones and Fiona Apple, I tend to cringe ever so slightly. There must be something about Ms. Jones and Ms. Apple that lazy critics find so tempting to mention when trying to describe new music. So when I read that Sara Bareilles (pronounced ‘bar-rell-is’) is yet the latest artist to strike these comparisons, I nearly cast her aside in that growing pile of similarly described artists. But for some unexplained reason, I decided to give Little Voice a try.
Bareilles was a surprise.
A self-taught musician originally hailing from Eureka, California, Bareilles began her career in Los Angeles, performing in small clubs and venues and building her audience.
Little Voice marks Bareilles’ major label debut on Epic Records and is a culmination of new and re-recorded songs that were originally found on her independent demo, Careful Confessions, which Bareilles recorded in 2003.
The new album is a near-perfect set of pop songs about relationships and big dreams. Bareilles and producer Eric Rosse (Tori Amos, Anna Nalick) spent over a year going over the arrangements in an attempt to release the best album possible and the result seems to be something both can be proud of.
‘Love Song’ is pure, smart, delectable pop and a prime choice for radio, whereas songs like ‘Come Round Here’ and the lovely ‘Gravity’ show off Bareilles’ wonderfully clear and pleasant voice, an instrument that is all the more remarkable when you realize that she’s received no formal training.
Little Voice is scheduled for release on July 3 with Bareilles on tour in July and August, with some dates opening for Rocco DeLuca & The Burden. For a full listing of shows, please visit her official site’s tour calendar.