6 Songs, 20 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s an adventuresome spirit coursing through Michelle Branch’s Everything Comes and Goes, her first solo project since 2003’s Hotel Paper. This engaging EP is both an extension of her country-slanted work as one half of the Wreckers and a return to the self-revelatory focus of her early albums. Branch’s parenting experiences and career upheavals over the past few years are reflected in the hard-won wisdom heard in these tunes. Producers John Leventhal and John Shanks surround her with spacious, acoustic-oriented tracks, highlighted by keening pedal-steel guitars and rippling banjos. The bittersweet reverie “Summertime” and the thoughtful lullaby “Crazy Ride” are sparkling country-pop numbers. Branch flashes a tougher attitude on the biting “Ready to Let You Go” and the empowering “Sooner or Later,” reclaiming some of the alt-rock energy found in her pre-Nashville days. Her deepening strengths as a singer are captured in “I Want Tears” and the title tune, a pair of emotionally resonant ballads.

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s an adventuresome spirit coursing through Michelle Branch’s Everything Comes and Goes, her first solo project since 2003’s Hotel Paper. This engaging EP is both an extension of her country-slanted work as one half of the Wreckers and a return to the self-revelatory focus of her early albums. Branch’s parenting experiences and career upheavals over the past few years are reflected in the hard-won wisdom heard in these tunes. Producers John Leventhal and John Shanks surround her with spacious, acoustic-oriented tracks, highlighted by keening pedal-steel guitars and rippling banjos. The bittersweet reverie “Summertime” and the thoughtful lullaby “Crazy Ride” are sparkling country-pop numbers. Branch flashes a tougher attitude on the biting “Ready to Let You Go” and the empowering “Sooner or Later,” reclaiming some of the alt-rock energy found in her pre-Nashville days. Her deepening strengths as a singer are captured in “I Want Tears” and the title tune, a pair of emotionally resonant ballads.

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