Sara Bareilles - 'Kaleidoscope Heart'
Sara Bareilles released a little known studio album in 2004 entitled "Careful Confessions" but it was her debut major-label album that really got her noticed. Entitled "Little Voice", the album has a catchy mix of up-tempo, gutsy songs and slower, more melodic songs. Perhaps my favourite song from the album is "Fairytale" which takes a modern twist to the traditional fairytales and yet still manages to have a message behind it.
It has been three years between Sara's debut album "Little Voice" and her sophomore album "Kaleidoscope Heart" while fans were only able to repeat songs from "Little Voice". Luckily, this isn't a bad thing and the album definitely manages to hold it's own against some of the more mainstream contenders that she was up against at the time of the album's release and since then.
Sara's sophomore album, "Kaleidoscope Heart" has been greeted with rave reviews from a miriad of sources and I definitely agree with them. It is still similar enough to "Little Voice" for fans to recognise the Sara from that album but it is different enough so you can see how she has developed as an artist, something that is always nice to witness. There are a lot of strong songs on the album and it is great to be able to say that not one of them feels like a filler song, which is a welcome change from a lot of the pop albums circulating today. It is hard to pick a favourite from this album so I would have to give it to both "Uncharted" and "King Of Anything". Both songs have their own messages but they are also both catchy enough to keep listeners coming back for more. "King Of Anything" is both funny and gutsy with Sara asking "who made you king of anything" and it can relate perfectly well to most people's lives aswell.