Album Review: Sara Bareilles- The Blessed Unrest

In her newest album, Sara Bareilles makes you want to fall in love, hug your best friend, and take a leap and try that one thing you’ve been mustering up the courage to do. The Blessed Unrest was released on July 12th and every woman (and man trying to court a woman) should listen to it. The emotions of the tracks are so spot on and modern that you feel like she wrote about your life.

In “Brave,” Sara Bareilles has a contemporary beat and really makes you feel braver than before you listened to the song. It’s more than just encouragement; it’s an anthem for becoming who you really want to be and not fearing potential upsets.

Every album has at least one breakup song and “Manhattan” is that one of them. It’s slower, more bluesy, and obviously sadder than the others. This takes breakup to a whole new level if you’re not just leaving someone’s apartment, but you’re leaving a city to be separated. “Little Black Dress” is more cheerful and I would actually dance to it. It says just have fun and forget the painful stuff, so this song is basically like your best friend.

“I Wanna Be Like Me” might be my favorite on the album. It’s different from the other songs because it uses more electronic sounds but the words are what stand out the most for me. It’s about being unique and not obeying the rules set for us. Sara Bareilles gives us strength to not apologize for being ourselves. As urban dictionary says, “Do you.”

Another song I will be listening to on repeat is “1000 Times.” The idea of not giving up trying to make someone fall in love with you is so classic but she tells it so beautifully. It reminds me of The Notebook how Noah keeps coming back to see Allie in the nursing home everyday just for a chance that she will remember why they fell in love. Just thinking about it makes me run for a box of tissues.

I am in love with Sara Bareilles’ voice. She can get dark and sultry in her low range and so clear and striking as her voice gets higher. It doesn’t hurt that her words are tremendously influential and empowering. After listening to The Blessed Unrest, I felt ten times better and optimistic. This album is so powerful and I want everyone to go listen to it right now. You can check it out for yourself on Amazon, iTunes, and Spotify.



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