Kaleidoscope Heart

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Opening with an airy a cappella title track, Kaleidoscope Heart takes greater sonic risks than Little Voice largely because Sara Bareilles can afford these left turns: she has a big pop hit underneath her belt, so she aims to buttress her artistic reputation. Bareilles hasn't turned into Joanna Newsom overnight -- she remains steeped in the '70s, building her melodies around loping piano progressions, draping even her sprightlier moments in strings -- but there's a greater variety of textures here along with stark melancholy undercurrents on her ballads, particularly the closing pair "Breathe Again" and "Blue Bird." She executes this contemplation well, but her ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Opening with an airy a cappella title track, Kaleidoscope Heart takes greater sonic risks than Little Voice largely because Sara Bareilles can afford these left turns: she has a big pop hit underneath her belt, so she aims to buttress her artistic reputation. Bareilles hasn't turned into Joanna Newsom overnight -- she remains steeped in the '70s, building her melodies around loping piano progressions, draping even her sprightlier moments in strings -- but there's a greater variety of textures here along with stark melancholy undercurrents on her ballads, particularly the closing pair "Breathe Again" and "Blue Bird." She executes this contemplation well, but her strength remains elongated melodies so well-crafted and memorable that they seem familiar upon first listen. Despite lushly detailed arrangements, Bareilles never pushes this distinctly commercial gift too hard, letting the songs flow easily, and this gentleness is almost as appealing as those classically constructed melodies, tunes so softly insistent they could conceivably appear on adult contemporary charts anytime from 1971 to 2010. Because Bareilles is so naturally commercial, it's easy to dismiss these gifts, but her effortless music should not be taken for granted; it's tough to write tunes that play this easy that wind up enduring, and Bareilles has now done that two albums in a row, which is pretty impressive.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/7/2010
  • Label: Epic
  • UPC: 886975503520
  • Catalog Number: 755035
  • Sales rank: 2,221

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Kaleidoscope Heart (1:01)
  2. 2 Uncharted (3:34)
  3. 3 Gonna Get Over You (4:16)
  4. 4 Hold My Heart (4:32)
  5. 5 King of Anything (3:27)
  6. 6 Say You're Sorry (3:41)
  7. 7 The Light (4:22)
  8. 8 Basket Case (4:11)
  9. 9 Let the Rain (3:39)
  10. 10 Machine Gun (4:08)
  11. 11 Not Alone (3:42)
  12. 12 Breathe Again (4:58)
  13. 13 Bluebird (4:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sara Bareilles Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Vocals
Tom Scott Saxophone
Neal Avron Organ, Synthesizer, Strings
Charlie Bisharat Violin, Concert Master
Matt Chamberlain Percussion, Drums
Chuck Findley Trumpet
Paula Hochhalter Cello
Victor Indrizzo Percussion, Drums
Josefina Vergara Violin
Suzie Katayama Conductor
Natalie Leggett Violin
Justin Meldal-Johnsen Bass
David Levita Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Alyssa Park Violin
Andrew Duckles Viola
Blake Mills Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
David Stone Double Bass
Matthew Funes Viola
Technical Credits
Neal Avron Programming, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements
Ted Jensen Mastering
Suzie Katayama String Arrangements
Tommy Walter Programming
Sam Farrar Composer
Erich Talaba Engineer, Pro-Tools
Sara Bareilles Composer
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Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2010

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    Great album

    Sara's 2nd album is wonderful. Loved the whole thing.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Happy Music!

    She really has an amazing voice and her songs will definetly put you in a better mood. King of anything is my favorite song on the CD. Go Buy the CD!!

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