The Blessed Unrest

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/6/2013
  • Label: Epic Europe
  • UPC: 888837398329
  • Catalog Number: 3739832
  • Sales rank: 27,779

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Brave (3:40)
  2. 2 Chasing the Sun (4:28)
  3. 3 Hercules (4:21)
  4. 4 Manhattan (4:38)
  5. 5 Satellite Call (4:50)
  6. 6 Little Black Dress - The Dap-Kings Horns (3:32)
  7. 7 Cassiopeia (3:33)
  8. 8 1000 Times (4:30)
  9. 9 I Choose You (3:38)
  10. 10 Eden (4:05)
  11. 11 Islands (4:20)
  12. 12 December (5:01)
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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
Todor Kobakov Conductor
Mary-Katherine Finch Cello
Yosef Tamir Viola
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
Greg Calbi Mastering
Mark Endert Programming, Producer, Engineer
Kurt Uenala Programming, Additional Production
Peter Harper Composer
Brian Kornfeld Drum Technician
Jack Antonoff Composer
Matt Hales Composer
Sara Bareilles Composer, Producer, Art Direction
Jordan Feldstein Management
Todor Kobakov Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Ian Shea Digital Editing
Holly Adams Art Direction
Matt Taylor Art Direction
Doug Johnson Digital Editing
John O'Mahony Producer, Engineer
JP Robinson Creation
Marty Diamond Booking
Jason Blynn Composer
Larry Webmab Booking
Chris Knight Management
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