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article imageReview: Ingrid Michaelson releases flawless new album 'Lights Out' Special

By Markos Papadatos     Apr 27, 2014 in Music
Pop songstress Ingrid Michaelson released her sixth studio album "Lights Out" on April 15, which features the lead single "Girls Chase Boys."
Michaelson either wrote or co-wrote all 14 tracks on the record.
It opens with the calming "Home" and it is followed her infectious single "Girls Chase Boys," where she showcases her mellifluous vocals, emerging as a musical siren. It is played constantly on such New York radio stations as 102.7 Fresh FM and 103.5 KTU, and rightfully so. I love how "Girls Chase Boys" deals with each gender being either the chaser or chasee. It's an interesting perspective to write a song about and Michaelson nails it.
"Wonderful Unknown" is a collaboration with folk-rock musician Greg Laswell (who is also her husband) and it has a haunting vibe to it, since his rich, baritone voice blends well with her angelic vocals.
Equally stunning is the follow-up duet "You Got Me" with songwriting and singing duo Storyman (Kevin May and Mick Lynch), both of who co-wrote the tune with Michaelson.
"Warpath" may be the shortest tune on the record, but it is simple lyrically and sonically rich. "Handsome Hands" is also haunting and reminiscent of a quintessential vocals by Lorde or The Civil Wars.
"One Night Town" would make a solid choice for a future radio single, which features singer-songwriter Mat Kearney on harmony vocals. Michaelson's voice on this tune is reminiscent of Sara Bareilles. "Headlights, heartbreak, we'll go, our own way, we got one life today," she sings in her heavenly voice.
"Afterlife" is upbeat and an optimistic message to it and "Stick" has a late 90s sound to it, which may be nostalgic for some listeners.
"Time Machine" is another well-polished track, where she reflects what she would do if she could go back in time. A saxophone makes an instrumental cameo towards the second half of this song, which makes it even more appealing.
"Over You" is a collaboration with musical duo A Great Big World (who are known for their smash single "Say Something" with Christina Aguilera). Similar to their Aguilera duet, this song is also melancholic since it's a a piano-driven break-up tune.
Her 14-song CD closes with the soothing yet vulnerable "Everyone is Gonna Love Me Now." This tune is like Coldplay meets Taylor Swift's "Safe and Sound," and it concludes with a strong instrumental outro.
The Verdict
Overall, Ingrid Michaelson's Lights Out is a fabulous album, where she sings about a wide spectrum of emotions without going overboard. It displays her growth and maturity as both a singer and as a songwriter. With this album, it is safe to say that Michaelson may very well be the Alison Krauss equivalent of pop music. It garners two thumbs up since it is one of the best female albums that I have heard this year in music.
For more information on singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson and her latest CD, visit her official website.
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