Kaleidoscope Heart

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Kaleidoscope Heart

Kaleidoscope Heart

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Sara Bareilles returns to center stage with her sophomore album Kaleidoscope Heart featuring the hit single, “King of Anything.” The album is the follow up to Sara’s massive debut, Little Voice which spawned the double platinum selling track “Love Song.”

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  1. 1
    Cade_ATX Says:

    111 of 117 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best Sophomore Album in YEARS!, September 7, 2010
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    Cade_ATX (Austin, TEXAS) –

    This review is from: Kaleidoscope Heart (Audio CD)

    Easily my top 3 albums of the year! Let’s start with that. This album is the most delightful and expansive (style-wise) sophomore album I think I’ve ever heard since The Score from The Fugees (bold statement… I know). But I seriously cannot get enough of this CD. I’ve had a copy of it for about three days (I know, sue me). But I also pre-ordered the iTunes version for the pre-order song and ordered a hard copy version off Amazon to make up for my conscience.

    From start to finish, this relentless work of beauty captures you early with great percussions (and excellent violin placement on Uncharted) along with the Bareilles-uniqueness of lyrics she always has. Many of the poppier songs take full advantage of the time signature that even my fingers are tapping to the rhythm as I type this review. Another highlight is the actual pacing of the album itself. The album as a whole feels like you’ve just taken two deep breaths, breathing in being the excitement from the catchy pop songs and breathing out to being the solace you find from the softer, piano/acoustic guitar tracks.

    Let’s take a walk, track-to-track:

    * Kaleidoscope Heart (*/*) – No need to rate the intro, though it is a perfect intro! Feels like a minute of Hide & Seek from Imogen Heap. Definitely sparks your interest for what’s about to come.

    * Uncharted (5/5) – And Bam! Off we go… catchy simple piano backed with violin work. Simple progression into full band kick-in. Her singing style is great with this song. I simply love how the verse lines each start slow and finish with rapid-fire lyrics. Not only a perfect start to the album, but I also feel this would be a perfect start to a live show for her.

    * Gonna Get Over You (4.5/5/) – Four beats of 1820′s burlesque piano into Neo-New York pop piano work… perfect. Snapping fingers perfectly assist the verses into a very catchy and sweet/sassy chorus. “Maybe… it’s a vicious little word that could, Slay Me…” I love how each line isn’t necessarily a full sentence yet broken up into bits and pieces of full thoughts, a style of work she does so poetically well in nearly all her tracks.

    * Hold My Heart (4.5/5) – A perfect “lights go down, slow-mo scene, character realization piece. Bass drum beat with three-chord piano progression and handclaps carry Act 1 of this song perfectly leading up to the full band lead-in for the remainder. The bridge is excellent on this song by the way! Reminds me of “Come Around Soon” but without that beautiful, treasure-esque note she hits (which I still find as the best note recorded this decade). Finishes beautifully with another chorus. Excellent songwriting once again.

    * King Of Anything (5/5) – There are so many things I would say if only I was able……. :)

    * Say You’re Sorry (4/5) – This is my least favorite song on the album (and by no means does that mean I skip over it when I listen thru!) The hardest part for me about this song is that it’s my favorite song lyrically, it came out as perfect as I know she wanted it to production-wise, and has a nice chorus… for some reason it just doesn’t resonate with me as much as the rest of the CD does. I know this is going to be many people’s favorite by the way… it truly is a great track.

    * The Light (4.5/5) – Alright! You ready to breathe out now? I love this song! Might be the most poetic song on the CD. The percussion pairs excellent with the piano and high notes she hits throughout the song. This is one of those songs that you can put on during traffic and before you know it, you’re home with a high hat kick.

    * Basket Case (5/5) – Great track! Starts like a Dylan/Springsteen ballad in the way the harmonica sings with acoustic strings. An excellent, subtle song that prepares you for your second breath.

    * Let The Rain (5/5) – Alright, breath number two starts a third of the way through this track. My favorite track by far on this CD. Has everything in it! Lyrics, drum beat, piano, hook, VERY creative style. All and all, just excellent.

    * Machine Gun (4.5/5) – This has my FAVORITE hook on the CD. I find myself just bobbing my head back and forth through the verse, using the minor chord she hits during the pre-chorus as a warm up for yelling the hook out loud. The bridge is great lyrically too… “don’t just hide in the silence behind what you’ve been really trying to say”. ALMOST as epic as Many The Miles.

    * Not Alone (4/5) – A great, smoky, blues and burlesque feel all the way through. Has that creepin’ bassline that she adapted through a few tracks off Little Voice. A solid song but can end up being a song that finishes before you know it. Not the catchiest tune on the list but lyrically (common theme, eh?) superb. The bridge is fun and she surprises you with an Alfred Hitchcock interview clip towards the end.

    * Breathe Again (5/5) – OK everyone! Time to start…

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    Rudy Palma "The Writing Fiend" Says:

    31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Lovely Colors In This Kaleidoscope, September 7, 2010
    This review is from: Kaleidoscope Heart (Audio CD)
    Sara Bareilles confidently sidesteps the threat of sophomore slump with “Kaleidoscope Heart.” The album is sugary yet mature pop from head to toe.

    Produced with care and empathy by Neil Avron, it breathes easily and organically, resulting in a sunny surface that lets the lyrics and melodies radiate without excess sounds or beat clouding it. This is the kind of record Sarah McLachlan’s fans wish she was capable of crafting again.

    Lead single “King of Anything” is highly indicative of the album as a whole with its witty observations and jangly, radio-friendly melody. “Uncharted,” the first song Bareilles penned for the LP, is a moment of euphoric revelation, propelled with such urgency that it sounds like it had no choice but to escape the mind of its writer. It is just idiosyncratic enough to show Bareilles’ texture and individuality yet also has hit potential due to its colorful, instantly endearing hook.

    “Gonna Get Over You” is even more solid and well-oiled – a doo-wop-infused slice of relentlessly catchy, hopelessly upbeat piano pop that is radio-friendly all over. The lyrics and melody sound blissfully wed and inextricable. As with most of the songs, not a single syllable is awkward or wasted, and not one moment is excessively noisy or cluttered.

    “The Light,” with its pastoral, gorgeous, wintry arrangement, is so intense it feels like it might absolutely burst from the pressure built up inside it. The brooding “Hold My Heart,” which resembles Beyonce’s “Halo” with its anonymous handclaps, is nonetheless similarly stirring with its brooding contemplation and Bareilles’ passionate vocals. She moves in-between the high and low notes with mathematical – though never mechanical – precision. Where her voice lacks inherent beauty her sincerity and expressiveness compensate effectively.

    “Say You’re Sorry” is a cheeky slice of thoughtful, adult-oriented pop song craft, as is the kinetic, highly inspired, almost prayerful “Let the Rain.” The aching, elegant “Breathe Again” begins with perhaps the best-written line on the album – “Car is parked, bags are packed, but what kind of heart doesn’t look back?” Simple, sharply observed beauty shines through.

    Most of Bareilles’ peers are masterful at either lyrics or melody, but even the lesser moments of “Kaleidoscope Heart” show that she is masterful at both of them. It is heartening to see an artist put such vested effort in on a studio recording fated to sell relatively few copies in a troubled music industry. Her skills are so strong and incisive that for 50 minutes it feels like the mid-90s again, when singer/songwriters could still sell millions of records and their singles were warmly welcomed on radio.

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    Stephen Aldrich "friendinME" Says:

    20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    a new fan of a great talent, September 7, 2010
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    Stephen Aldrich “friendinME” (Kittery, ME) –
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    This review is from: Kaleidoscope Heart (Audio CD)
    I am a new fan. I heard Sara on television today and she grabbed my attention in the middle of a busy morning. I bought the album and love it. In a day when so many performers try to disguise their lack of ability with smoke clouds and laser beams, distracting costumes and an assortment of non-musical stupidity, Sara is a breath of fresh air. She is a wonderful songwriter who delivers her work with power, beauty and authenticity. The album is a true pleasure to listen to. This girl has talent. I don’t buy very many whole albums, but this one is worth it.

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    J. Lockridge "jllx" Says:

    58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    One word: Wow!, March 31, 2010
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    J. Lockridge “jllx” (Birmingham, AL United States) –
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    This review is from: Apple Pro Training Series: Logic Pro 9 Advanced Music Production (Paperback)
    As I’ve written here before, I’ll qualify my review by saying I’ve used Logic in various forms all the way back to the C-Lab days in the early 90′s in some form or the other. Since Apple has purchased Logic from Emagic, it has become a lesson in efficiency and design. Never the simple program, Logic has layers and layers of functionality that require years to master.

    Until now.

    With this one book, the author fills the void that has heretofore been missing for us Logic users wanting to go “the extra mile” with our productions and knowledge.

    I purchase and evaluate every single book on Logic, as I teach several courses on recording, mixing, mastering, and production, using various methods. My main program is Logic, even though I had gone through a brief Pro Tools phase (because everyone else was doing it—not a “mistake”, but I feel the name “Pro Tools” misleads too many into thinking that it is the “best”—their marketing certainly is).

    Succinctly, just let me say if you’re a Logic user, you need this book. No matter how advanced: you need this book. If you’re a beginner, go through the first volume, then get this book.

    Kudos to the authors, and Kudos to Apple for evolving and maintaining such a fantastic and downright magical piece of software. This book helps to unlock “the next layer”.

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    Terry R Bacon Says:

    22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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    Caution – NO DVD content link with Kindle version, January 2, 2011
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    This review is from: Apple Pro Training Series: Logic Pro 9 Advanced Music Production (Paperback)
    I want to warn users of Logic 9 who want to purchase the Kindle version of this book that Amazon.com does not provide a link to download the extra materials/projects/media that is supposed to accompany this book.

    Other online vendors, i.e. Peachpit.com, do provide a link that is provided by the author/publisher so that the DVD content can be downloaded to your computer. Without this extra content – you’re only getting part of what you pay for.

    I have personally been trying to get this remedied… but so far Amazon.com has not provided me with a link to this material.

    I would say that from browsing the Kindle version of the book content that this would be an excellent book… but at this time it should be purchased as an electronic book from other vendors.

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    TonyB Says:

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    This book should be a requirement of any advanced course teaching Logic, January 11, 2013
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    I simply love this book. I went through its predecessor first and as a long time user of Logic, went through it quickly. This book however goes into areas that I haven’t used before. I was particularly impressed with the chapter devoted to session management and backup procedures as this is something never mentioned. The chapters are easy to follow, the instructions are at the perfect level for the reader, the techniques covered are broad and the examples are well thought out. This book should be required reading for anyone genuinely interested in improving their skills in Logic to a pro level. I can only hope they would release a book for a possible version 10 of Logic.

    Note: I bought the kindle version of the book, it is possible to get the example files as listed. You don’t need the physical book and the DVD.

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