OH HAPPY DAY.
Ingrid Michaelson has released her seventh studio album: It Doesn’t Have to Make Sense and IT’S TIME TO TALK ABOUT IT.
First off, the artwork is fire.
And yes, it’s a photograph, not a painting.
She posted this on twitter because people didn’t believe her!
Secondly, the most important part, the music.
When Adele dropped 25 in November, I posted my first-listen reactions to each song. So, here we go with Ingrid.
It’s up on Spotify now…
I’m pressing play…
Here we go.
Light Me Up
This was one of the singles she put out before the album release so I’ve listened to it quite a bit, and it’s just beautiful as the opener. A bit reminiscent of ballads from her last album Lights Out, which has been one of her best. What’s interesting with this one is she wrote it with ex-husband and indie artist, Greg Laswell. Glad to see that they’re on good enough terms to continue to create together. Pretty sure this will be one of my favorites.
Whole Lot of Heart
The very beginning of this one is v “2016 production”. Really love the melodic line of this one. “Everything’s coming down roses” is a cool line. I’m diggin’ it.
OBSESSED with the production on this one. Holy cow. Kinda reminds me of a cross between Taylor Swift’s “Style” and Sara Bareilles’s “Eden” (production wise). I think this is the one that I’m gonna like more and more with each listen.
If only this song came out in time for Miss Congeniality
Which came out 16 years ago. SIXTEEN YEARS AGO PPL.
This one’s aight. I don’t think this will be one of my favs. I like it’s reminiscent, romantic feel, tho.
I Remember Her
A really sweet tribute to her mom. I’ll never forget the moment of seeing her at Live on the Green Music Festival in Nashville in 2014 when it was just weeks after losing her. She dedicated a beautiful cover of “Sky Full of Stars” to her, making us all very teary. I really like that it’s just her voice and piano on this one, it feels live, and almost feels like she’s writing this song as we listen. Beautiful raw vocals that break with emotions.
Found my insta from that day!
Drink You Gone
Beautiful pt. II to “I Remember Her”.
However: “I can’t eat away the way that you ate my heart out” (?) Kind of an odd line, no?
Completelyyyyy shifting gears here, we’ve now got the first single she put out at the end of April, “Hell No”. Which is also the name of her tour! I’m still jamming to this song. This one was co-written with widely successful songwriters Luke Laird and Barry Dean. Laird who writes for the country music market almost exclusively and Dean who does both country and pop create a really good blend with Ingrid’s natural indie-pop style. Love the mixture of elements like having the banjo hook groove under pop beats. Great build.
Still the One
This one’s fun, but not my fav. It’ll most likely end up in a commercial about cereal or back to school discounts.
Another collab with Laird and Dean. This one won’t get out of my head and I’m not particularly happy about that…
I don’t really like songs that tell me what they are. I know this is just a fun one, and I have nothing against fun and simple songs, but I’m just kind of over the cutesy Ingrid songs. This song feels like “we need to write a summer fun jam so let’s write that today”. In fact one of the lines is literally: “Oh everybody’s got that window down summertime turn it up sing-along”. Everyone’s got one so I need one too! No thx.
And we back, and we back. This is a really good closer. Love the shift from the catchy-pop tracks to this one.
I’m just left feeling a little short changed ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
My bar was set pretty high because Ingrid Michealson’s Lights Out was my favorite album of 2014. There are still great parts to this record and I know it’ll grown on me but I’m not sure how much. After this initial listen-through, my favorites so far are definitely “Light Me Up”, “Whole Lotta Heart”, “Miss America”, and “Hell No”. Was the title It Doesn’t Have to Make Sense meant to be taken literally? Idk.
You’re still the kewlest, Ingrid.