Sara Bareilles put out her first big label album “Little Voice” in 2007 which had several hit singles including the song “Love Song” that had a unique conceit in that it stated plainly in the lyrics that she wasn’t going to write one – a love song, that is. After that was released as a free download of the week iTunes, the album reached #1 download status only a month later. Her debut album was filled with great melodies with vocals that were (ironically) not in the least bit small, and infused pop with rock, soul and even some jazz and blues. This, together with poetic lyrics that told interesting stories filled with a gamut of emotions made for a varied collection of songs that were perfectly produced, without ever going overboard.
On May 10th Sara released the first single from her upcoming album Kaleidoscope Heart called “King of Anything”. Already people are taking to it, so much so that within hours of the release no less than four covers were put on YouTube! That’s what I call dedicated fans that have already fallen in love with this song.
The song itself is lively with a “do-op” intro reminiscent of Regina Spektor, and then jumps in head first with a happy tune that totally belies the lyrics. The song suggests that she’s sick and tired of people thinking that they know it all and feel bound to impart their wisdom on her, all the while expecting her to follow their lead blindly. Well, don’t we all know better – Sara isn’t the type of person to be pushed around. She’s going to do what she likes and hang the rest of the world. That’s what “Little Voice” showed us, and it sounds like “Kaleidoscope Heart” is going to put the nail in that notion’s coffin once and for all. And good for her!
It’s no surprise that she’s been quoted as saying that this song is her “‘f**k you'” to all the people who have ever given her unsolicited advice. This is exactly what comes across with lyrics such as:
You’ve got opinions, man
We’re all entitled to ’em, but I never asked
So let me thank you for your time, and try not to waste anymore of mine
And get out of here fast
Yes, the words do sound angry, but the tune is very upbeat – and just the type of thing that Sara is famous for. This engaging combination brings the songs first to your ears and gets your toe tapping, then with the second and third listening, the words start to take hold. By then, you’ll find yourself suddenly smiling at how cleverly she’s duped you into thinking the song is sweet, before the spicy bit comes through. If we’re going to get more of this with the rest of her next album, I say bring it on – I’ll be first in line when this hits the shelves. Go, Sara!