Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Review: Once Upon Another Time (EP) by Sara Bareilles

Once Upon Another Time (EP) by Sara Bareilles
1. Once Upon Another Time
2. Stay
3. Lie to Me
4. Sweet as Whole
5. Bright Lights and Cityscapes
Can I start by saying that I absolutely love the cover art? SO PRETTY. It's simple, but it's sophisticated (much like Sara's music!).

You know, I was enjoying this EP so much, and then it was already over. Seriously though, Sara's music is fabulous as always. There's a depth to her lyrics that most popular artists don't have anymore. There's meaning to the things she writes. She has a way with words and lyrics, and as I've said before, I'm SO JEALOUS.

And this was no different. UNTIL I got to Sweet as Whole. I saw it was explicit, so I knew it would be a step away from Sara's regular stuff, but it completely shocked me. The vocals weren't fab, the lyrics were less than desirable, and while I can see that she probably had fun with it, it broke the flow entirely. Maybe if it were the last song, I would have felt better about it. But it was smack dab in the almost middle! And while it made me enjoy Bright Lights and Cityscapes a bit more, I found it harder to concentrate. It was just so different from what I'm used to from Sara. Now, I don't object to artists straying away and trying new things, but Sara has always come off as a sophisticated artist and songwriter to me, and this just took away from that a bit.

Nevertheless, I really enjoyed the rest of the songs. In the future, I just won't listen to Sweet as Whole.

(Seriously though, there's hardly anything else I can say about her other than to gush over and over again at her artistry and everything.)

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