BRANDI CARLILE – ” By The Way, I Forgive You “

Posted: June 27, 2018 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Brandi Carlile, By The Way, I Forgive You

The songs on Brandi Carlile’s By The Way, I Forgive You have a lot of love in them. Carlile isn’t writing silly little love songs, though; these are songs with depth and empathy that unpack weighty topics like the current political climate, immigrant and refugee rights, the opioid epidemic, family dynamics and the idea that forgiveness is inherently radical. What is also radical is the singing, harmonies and emotional depth Carlile — and her longtime bandmates, Phil and Tim Hanseroth  achieve on these songs.

A tireless activist, Carlile cares deeply about addressing social injustices and the role art and music play in effecting change. But she’s never overbearing; instead, her songwriting allows you to enjoy the complexities of her narratives. It’s music with a message, and during messed-up, troubled times like these, music with meaning music that has something to say, that inspires, motivates, comforts and provides hope resonates so much more for me. That’s something we could all use more of along with, by the way, forgiveness.

Brandi Carlile  is back with her best album since The Story, and maybe her best yet. By the Way, I Forgive You features cover art by one of the Avett brothers, photography by Pete Souza , string arrangements by the late, legendary Paul Buckmaster, and production by Shooter Jennings and country producer du jour Dave Cobb. That Carlile remains the center of gravity in this star-studded universe is a testament to her considerable talents. Here she ably navigates a batch of songs that range from folk, country and blues to symphonic pop and rock pieces that would sound at home on a Broadway stage. No matter the backdrop, Carlile sounds completely in control.

From the album “By The Way, I Forgive You” available now:


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