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Ingrid Michaelson's song "Keep Breathing" is featured on the Grey's Anatomy, Vol. 3 soundtrack. And the New York native's new song "The Way I Am," from her sophomore disc "Girls and Boys," is used in TV ads for Old Navy’s fall campaign.
All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Before her endearing single "The Way I Am" became the soundtrack for Old Navy commercials, Ingrid Michaelson was another anonymous, witty musician singing tales of love and loss to an audience that didn't yet exist. She funneled that uncalculated energy into Girls and Boys, her debut offering of clever, twisting piano pop. Released independently on the singer's own label, Girls and ...
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Ingrid Michaelson's song "Keep Breathing" is featured on the Grey's Anatomy, Vol. 3 soundtrack. And the New York native's new song "The Way I Am," from her sophomore disc "Girls and Boys," is used in TV ads for Old Navy’s fall campaign.
All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Before her endearing single "The Way I Am" became the soundtrack for Old Navy commercials, Ingrid Michaelson was another anonymous, witty musician singing tales of love and loss to an audience that didn't yet exist. She funneled that uncalculated energy into Girls and Boys, her debut offering of clever, twisting piano pop. Released independently on the singer's own label, Girls and Boys is a rare treat -- an album created without the constraints of a label or the demands of modern radio, yet wholly able to woo both. Michaelson clearly favors well-crafted pop melodies, but she ornaments these hooks with fractured instrumentation, shifting between time signatures during the chorus of "Masochist" and allowing guitars to drop out mid-song in "Die Alone." When she saunters into full-fledged coffeehouse mode with "The Way I Am," she subverts the song's Norah Jones-styled progression by adding handclaps, echoing harmonies, and quirky lyrics. "I'd buy you Rogaine when you start losing all your hair," Michaelson croons with a hint of vibrato, making the sentiment sweet instead of condemning. Brainy turns of phrase pepper the rest of the album ("Glass" describes a make-out session in sexy detail, with Michaelson recalling how she "rolled around on kitchen floors [and] tied my tongue in pretty bows with yours"), and Girls and Boys ultimately remains true to its title, examining the relationships between both titular characters without delving into too many grown-up issues. Perhaps Michaelson will compose a thematic sequel entitled Women and Men in the future, but these well-voiced love songs leave little room for complaint.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2007
  • Label: Cabin 24
  • UPC: 890264002021
  • Catalog Number: 3
  • Sales rank: 274,275

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Die Alone (4:21)
  2. 2 Masochist (4:11)
  3. 3 Breakable (3:09)
  4. 4 The Hat (3:45)
  5. 5 The Way I Am (2:15)
  6. 6 Overboard (4:06)
  7. 7 Glass (3:04)
  8. 8 Starting Now (4:52)
  9. 9 Corner of Your Heart (3:07)
  10. 10 December Baby (5:53)
  11. 11 Highway (3:50)
  12. 12 [Untitled] (3:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ingrid Michaelson Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Roman Zeitlin Guitar, Lead
Mark Turrigiano Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Guest Appearance
Drew Fuccillo Organ, Piano, Guest Appearance
Lana Hagai Organ, Guitar, Vocals
Elliot Jacobson Drums
Chris Kuffner Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Dan Romer Glockenspiel, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Mark Turrigiano Programming, Producer, Engineer
Ingrid Michaelson Composer, Producer
Chris Kuffner Producer
Dan Romer Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Ingrid Michaelson gives us a fresh new array of songs that we have needed! Song #9, Corner Of Your Heart, has beautiful harmonies. An album that has a strong, sweet voice, great instrumentals, some heart-wrenching lyrics. This is an album that you will listen to straight through. It doesn't just have the 1 or 2 hit songs and a bunch of filler, it's all #1 hit material. Yay for another great singer with original lyrics! Breakable is especially one of my favorites on this disc. Don't hesitate to add Girls and Boys to your library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    highly recommended new artist

    ingrid is a great addition to the world of singer/songwriters. she has that "indie" sound but the music is also sharply produced enough to be on mainstream radio. she has a sound all her own, though i hear a little bit of regina spektor influence in her voice, as well as remnants of indie veteran Mirah. obviously you've heard her song on the old navy commercial, and if you're asking the question, "is the rest of the album good enough to buy?" the answer is yes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ingrid michaelson...why are your cd's not more accessible.

    this second cd by ingrid michaelson is absolutely amazing. i love it but being from canada it has been a little dissapointing having to wait for it. but it will just be that much better when i do get it.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Fresh and Innovative

    I bought this album because Ingrid Michaelson was coming to town, and since her "Everybody" album consistently shows up on my Amazon Recommended for You list, I decided to give her a listen. Boy, am I glad I did! When the first track, "Die Alone," began, I realized it had been one of my three favorite new singles on Paste Magazine's January 2008 (Issue #38) CD. It's a fantastic song, and so is the rest of the album. Michaelson plays around with time signatures, phrasing, instrumentation, technology, and her voice - and the result is striking and successful.

    Some reviewers have described Michaelson's music as "pop," and I disagree: I find her sound very difficult to box into one category. There are major differences between the layered, techno-sounding "Die Alone," the light and jazzy "Way I Am," and the folk-inspired Track 12 (hidden, and thus nameless to me). The other songs are terrific and equally innovative. Every time I listen to this album, I hear something new and remarkable. I imagine that my listening experience is similar to listeners of Joni Mitchell's "Court and Spark" album when it was first released. That album is so good that it still plays fresh and new; and I suspect "Girls and Boys" will wear just as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I only wish I could give it zero.

    One of the most annoying, insipid album's I've ever heard. Don't waste your money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    booorrRRRRRRiiiing

    granted there's some catchy bits but the lyrics are so sickeningly cutesy that I must complain on behalf of my gag reflex. here's another woefully average and incredibly mainstream singer/songwriter that will make a million dollars while genuinely original and creative artists slurp their ramen.

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