With singer-songwriters, what it all comes down to is this: how well do the songs translate heartache or heartbreak, or some burning social issue into music, and is the singer someone who makes you want to listen?
23-year old Brandi Carlile is a strong songwriter with a strong voice. But there are a lot of those. The question is, does she have that other something that draws people into her songs? Variety.com called her "stunning, vulnerable, and affecting," and compared her to Melissa Etheridge, Jeff Buckley, and Thom Yorke. Yeah, I don't think you can really do that either, but if you haven't already, you should listen. She's good.
She's playing at Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis tonight.
Brandi Carlile mp3s:
From Brandi Carlile:
Fall Apart Again (mp3) (watch video)
What More Can I Say (mp3)
From Brandi Carlile Acoustic:
Throw It All Away (mp3)