She may only be 25-years old, but when you put on Brandi Carlile’s self-titled debut CD, be prepared to hear one of the most promising female vocalists on the market today. Touted by Rolling Stone as an up-and-comer to watch, Carlile’s freshmen effort is a solid one. A delicate combination of roots rock, blues and country, the album puts Carlile’s exquisite vocals on display for the world to hear…and it won’t be disappointed.
Taking cues from Americana, it would be hard not to hear similarities between Carlile’s voice and the smoky-tongues of Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez, or a present-day Shannon McNally. While Carlile is still developing her vocal range, the comparisons are apt – she vacillates from brooding and husky-voiced to trilling a lilting falsetto.
The sharply produced album doesn’t have one song without its own merits. Stuck-in-your-head melodies are punctuated by incisive lyrics, all anchored by Carlile’s brilliant vocals. Don’t miss the plaintive “What Can I Say” to and the bordering-on-rock “Fall Apart Again,” two of the albums diamond cuts.
Originally released in July of 2005, the album was re-released in the summer of ’06 with two bonus tracks, including an alternate version of the haunting “Tragedy” complete with cello accompaniment.
If this album is any indication of Brandi Carlile’s promise as a musician, we can all expect to have our socks blown right off our feet in the future.