13 Songs, 1 Hour

EDITORS’ NOTES

Brandi Carlile is one of the few musicians able to make pop-rock that appeals to the Americana set. She grew up listening to Elton John, whose “Sixty Years On” kicks off this live set that pairs her with the Seattle Symphony. Her own music has always had a sense of heightened experience that makes for great art. “Looking Out” climbs the walls with great ambition. “Before It Breaks” begins at the piano. The Seattle Symphony adds drama, punching up the sound with horns, woodwinds and strings. Tim and Phil Hanseroth, members of her backing band, perform a note-perfect rendition of Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence.” Carlile joins the countless artists who have covered Leonard Cohen’s immortal “Hallelujah.” This edition of the album includes her cover of Alphaville’s “Forever Young.” Her healthy dose of originals sounds fierce. “Dreams” plays like a classical rock powerhouse. “Shadow On the Wall” is gentle, like a piece of Donovan folk crossbred with an up and coming rock singer.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Brandi Carlile is one of the few musicians able to make pop-rock that appeals to the Americana set. She grew up listening to Elton John, whose “Sixty Years On” kicks off this live set that pairs her with the Seattle Symphony. Her own music has always had a sense of heightened experience that makes for great art. “Looking Out” climbs the walls with great ambition. “Before It Breaks” begins at the piano. The Seattle Symphony adds drama, punching up the sound with horns, woodwinds and strings. Tim and Phil Hanseroth, members of her backing band, perform a note-perfect rendition of Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence.” Carlile joins the countless artists who have covered Leonard Cohen’s immortal “Hallelujah.” This edition of the album includes her cover of Alphaville’s “Forever Young.” Her healthy dose of originals sounds fierce. “Dreams” plays like a classical rock powerhouse. “Shadow On the Wall” is gentle, like a piece of Donovan folk crossbred with an up and coming rock singer.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
225 Ratings

225 Ratings

AFW1991 ,

Why is this not on the front of I-Tunes with all the other new releases?

This album is fantastic and I think it would do very well if it were put on the front page...not many people are goingn to find it on their own...but if they do by chance they will not regret it. This album shows how great the band plays together and shows the raw talent that they all have. I encourage everyone to pick up a copy!

Colin wif 1 L ,

Brand New Brandi <3

I was surprised not to see "That Year" included on the mix but still a SOLID COMPiLATiON of some of Ms. Carlile's numerous heartfelt ballads and some popular hits that she gives new life to such as "Forever Young and The Sound of Silence". Brandi has the Voice of an Angel. I agree this should receive front page advertising but Brandi's Loyal Fans are constantly on the watch for new material anyway so we'll find it and spread the word. Brandi's # 1

Mother's Daughter ,

Brandi Carlile Live at Benaroya Hall

This is a very mature album showcasing Brandi Carlile’s amazing voice, her chemistry with her band and the audience while still feeling like a unified whole.

Her voice is truly a gift and it is really apparent here. She displays vocal range, but also emotional range from dark, to powerful, to rock playfulness and up into searingly vulnerable highs. She displays the maturity to not do too much, staying true to the song – NOT engaging in a bunch of self conscious vocalization for the sake of vocalization.

The full power of her voice unfolds naturally over the course of the album. The climax is her version of “Hallelujah” made more remarkable in that it is done live. Then she lets us down easy with a fun cover of “Forever Young”, because with Brandi Carlile the dark is always balanced with the light.

Bottom line: buy this album. I never buy entire albums (thanks iTunes), but this is a must have album.

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