.
http://assets-s3.rollingstone.com/assets/images/album_review/sara-bareilles-the-blessed-unrest-2013-1200x1200-1373908668.png The Blessed Unrest

Sara Bareilles

The Blessed Unrest

Epic
Rolling Stone: star rating
Community: star rating
5 2.5 0
10
July 16, 2013

Four albums in, the singer-pianist behind the hit "Love Song" has not shed her major songwriting affliction: She's just too diplomatic. The Blessed Unrest is full of broad, exposition-heavy vignettes of heartache and resiliency; the songs feel groomed for rom-com soundtracks, from the benign post-split nightlife ode "Little Black Dress" to "Manhattan," a devastated ballad where Bareilles promises her ex she'll flee the island because she's no longer "one half of two." The road odyssey "Islands" hints at more adventurous paths left unexplored in its abstract piano and slightly distorted harmonies – odd, intriguing tools she could use for a  second-act career twist, if she indulges them.

10
prev
Album Review Main Next

ADD A COMMENT

Community Guidelines »
loading comments

loading comments...

COMMENTS

Sort by:
    Read More
    Daily Newsletter

    Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

    Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
    marketing partners.

    X

    We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

    Song Stories

    “Money For Nothing”

    Dire Straits | 1984

    Mark Knopfler wrote this song with Sting, and it wasn’t without controversy. The Dire Straits frontman's original lyric used the word “faggot” to describe a singer who got their “money for nothing and their chicks for free.” Even though the slur was edited out in many versions, the band, and Knopfler, still took plenty of criticism for the term. “I got an objection from the editor of a gay newspaper in London--he actually said it was below the belt,” Knopfler told Rolling Stone. Still, "Money For Nothing," undoubtedly augmented by its innovative early computer-animated video, stayed at Number One for three weeks.

    More Song Stories entries »
    www.expandtheroom.com