Everybodyby Ingrid Michaelson
For nearly three years, Ingrid Michaelson toured in support of Girls and Boys, a popular album whose songs popped up everywhere from Old Navy commercials to TV sitcoms. Michaelson was similarly omnipresent, opening for the likes of Jason Mraz in Europe and headlining her own shows at home. It's appropriate, then, that 2009's Everybody -- her first album as a genuine star -- amplifies all the elements that made Girls and Boys endearing. Michaelson is no longer a part-time waitress with a songwriting habit; she's a seasoned road veteran, acutely aware of what it takes to invest her audience, and Everybody often plays like a greatest-hits album. The lovelorn ballads -- which comprised the bulk of Girls and Boys -- occupy less space here, and the ones that do make the final cut are smartly laced with strings and layered guitar. There's a sweeping feeling to these songs, a sense of grandeur that was lost in the intimate, minimalist performances on Michaelson's debut. Perennial live favorite "The Chain" also makes an appearance, having previously shown up on Ingrid's stopgap release Be OK, and its climatic refrain points to the singer's ability to turn a slow ballad into something cinematic. Even so, Everybody's strongest assets are its upbeat pop tunes. Michaelson has graduated from the coffeehouse to the concert hall, after all, and tracks like "Soldier" -- with its deliberate phrasing and neo-military percussion -- aim for the cheap seats at the back of a venue, a place that Girls and Boys only occasionally reached. "Everybody," a campfire singalong fueled by strummed ukulele, could be the female answer to Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours," while "Mountain and the Sea" is downright irresistible, its handclapped rhythm and buoyant chorus combining to create Michaelson's strongest song to date. The only potential concern (and we're splitting straws here) is the absence of Allie Moss, Michaelson's ubiquitous touring partner and indispensable harmony vocalist, but Everybody rarely stumbles in her absence, with Ingrid double-tracking her own harmonies -- as she's done on every previous record -- instead. Rarely does an independent album sound so assured, so polished, and so agreeable.
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Performance CreditsIngrid Michaelson Primary Artist,Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Ukulele,Vocals,fender rhodes
Hiroko Taguchi Violin
Todd Low Viola
Olivier Manchon Violin
Ben Kalb Cello
Bess Rogers Electric Guitar
Elliot Jacobson Drums,Bass Drums,Tambourine,Shaker,Clacker
Chris Kuffner Bass,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Double Bass
Luke Cissell Violin
Seth Faulk Conga
Geoff Lewil Hand Clapping
Brandon Walters Electric Guitar
Dan Romer Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Accordion,Drums,Glockenspiel,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Tambourine,Ukulele,Hand Clapping,Mellotron,chamberlain,fender rhodes,Ukeke
Saul Simon MacWilliams Hand Clapping
Mike Irwin Horn
Michael Irwin Horn
Technical CreditsIngrid Michaelson Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements
Elliot Jacobson Arranger
Chris Kuffner Arranger
Adam Christgau Engineer
Lynn Grossman Management
Jesse Lauler Engineer
Dan Romer Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
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I love this CD! I originally fell in love with the Be Ok album and was so excited when this one was released. Very meaningful lyrics (at least for me) and not only is her voice incredibly beautiful it is also wonderfully soothing. For any girl that is having a rough day, I recommend popping this into your cd player, lighting some candles and have a glass of wine. Ingrid will take care of the rest.
I never thought Ingrid Michaelson could top Girls and Boys, but she has and in spades! Her music is once again very off beat and the lyrics are awesome. "Are We There Yet" had me in tears.
Ingrid is fantastic, as always.