By the time the first chorus of “The Joke” hits, it’s quite clear — this is a different Brandi Carlile than we’ve heard before. Bigger, bolder, reaching for the stars both sonically and emotionally.
As NPR’s Jewly Hight puts it in a First Listen premiere of the album, “It’s the sound of an artist laying it all on the line.”
The ten track album, which is streaming in full right now at NPR Music, covers a spectrum of territory from orchestral power ballads to gang vocal rockers — to the contemplative folk that is Carlile’s bread and butter. Lyrically, she covers topics from the dulling of love, to maternal devotion, to addiction and mental health, and the ways intimacy and devotion can change and evolve. Continue reading →