By BRUCE DENNILL
Brandi Carlile – By The Way, I Forgive You
Brandi Carlile is in her mid-thirties, but her mien, songwriting and performance style, which often involves arrangements – built around a voice that leaps octave with ease – that variously rip your heart out and throw it into a dusty corner or take your soul and launch it into the stratosphere gives her the gravitas and natural authority of a much older artist.
At heart, Carlile is arguably a folkie with strong country music tendencies, but her 2011 release Live At Benaroya Hall With The Seattle Symphony allowed for colossal, wall-shaking orchestral backing to be added to her already emotive compositions, to thrilling effect. By The Way, I Forgive You combines the strengths of both the quieter and louder approaches, giving it a significant impact – it sounds immediately persuasive – on the very first spin.
Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings’ production plays an important role from even earlier;…
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