by Tiana Feng

Ever since I started school at Metalworks Studios, I’ve been religiously following the billboard charts because we’re required to do so. Sara Bareilles was #1 few weeks ago and since then I’ve been listening to her album from time to time. When I first saw her name up there, I had no idea who she was, or that she was the one behind the radio hit Love Song back in 2008. Her name just didn’t instantly click in like a mention of “Taylor Swift” would.

Released on September 2, 2010 Kaleidoscope Heart is her third studio album. She’s one of those typical singer songwriters from California.

1. Kaleidoscope Heart
2. Uncharted
3. Gonna Get Over You
4. Hold My Heart
5. King of Anything
6. Say You’re Sorry
7. The Light
8. Basket Case
9. Let the Rain
10. Machine Gun
11. Not Alone
12. Breathe Again
13. Bluebird

Right off the bat, you can tell that she’s talented at making commercial music. You can hear this in the addicted hook in Hold My Heart. She also has a voice that is very commercial, and versatile for use in things such as films, tv shows and commercials, but I think it’s somewhat forgettable. I could almost get her confused with Ingrid Michaelson.

That is not to say her songs aren’t good. I’ve actually listened to this song most nights because it’s so calming and a lovely end to the day. Every title is like a perfect background to a movie or TV scene. I’m a sucker for piano, and each touch of the piano, even the lower chords have some sort of emotional pull. She’s a master at writing pop songs for your guilty pleasure. I swear I heard Bluebird before somewhere. Even though they’re original, the same can be said for most of her songs. The whole album just slips from one song to the next seamlessly and you can lose your day’s troubles in it.

Then you get to Let the Rain which all of sudden in the chorus, is no longer in the natural 4/4 time that 90% of pop music is in. “Let the rain come down” becomes one of the most catchiest lines in the album. Definitely not one of those background of a scene sort of tracks the rest of the album is sort of like.

Her commercial success proves that there is a huge market of people that enjoy the guilty pleasure of a well written but not necessarily very original pop album. But then again do the words “pop” and “original” ever really go together?

Sara Bareilles- Let it Rain[audio:]