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Album Review – Brooke White’s Live Session EP (iTunes Exclusive)

February 18, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

EP Tracks:

  1. Rhiannon (Piano Version) [Live]
  2. Hold Up My Heart (Piano Version) [Live]
  3. Radio Radio (Acoustic Version) [Live]
  4. High Hopes & Heartbreak (Piano Version)
  5. Take It Away (Piano Version) [Live]

Okay, just an aside before I go to the review… I don’t know about you, but current American Idol Top 24 contestant Didi Benami reminds me of a much more emotionally fragile Brooke White. I mean, Brooke White was pretty fragile on her season, but she wasn’t sobbing every other minute like Didi is. I’m kinda wondering how Didi is going to deal with all the Idol craziness what with her penchant for bursting into tears (of sadness, of happiness…) at a drop of a hat…

So anyway, did anyone catch American Idol using Brooke White’s ‘California Song‘ from her album ‘High Hopes & Heartbreak‘ in a montage in one of the Hollywood Rounds last week? I really wish that Idol would start putting labels on the side, so people would know what song is playing on the background… Okay, I am so RAMBLING… sorry… but I decided to check out what’s up with Brooke White and I found that she had released an iTunes Live Sessions EP! (Now, I’m wishing that Adam/Kris/Allison will also release one!)

Brooke White’s music has always struck me like she’d stumbled into a time machine back in the 70s and somehow got transported to the present time. Michael Slezak from EW has described Brooke’s music “like they’d have dominated AM radio back in the ’70s” and even though I wasn’t alive to listen to radio back then, I would imagine that he is right. This iTunes Live Sessions EP would have fit really well back then too. If you want a break from the current pop songs, give Brooke’s EP a listen – it’s completely retro-chic and acoustic – and I think that it has a place in current music too. Sometimes, you just need to lie back, relax and let someone’s voice coax you into a comfortable peaceful limbo…

Definitely check out Brooke’s cover of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rhiannon‘ on this EP – I love her vocals on this song. I’m not surprised that this track is the most popular track for downloads from the EP. Because in terms of ‘quality’ of songwriting, Brooke’s not there yet with her original songs. She has the ‘old’ in her sound, but her original songs aren’t really that good, especially when compared to something from Fleetwood Mac (or even Kings of Leon from her cover of ‘Use Somebody‘ on her album). I did find the non-discofied version of ‘High Hopes & Heartbreak‘ much more palatable than the original song – the piano-only version on the EP imbued it with an almost ethereal magical quality missing from the version on her album.

My personal favorite is ‘Take It Away‘ – it is so stripped down & raw (just her voice and a guitar) and has that low quality echo-y thing going on – like she’s just jamming in a garage or bathroom or something and she just made a recording for kicks. I’m not sure why I find that so cool, but I do 🙂

Check out Brooke White’s Live Session EP on iTunes – it’s only $4.95! That’s like two coffees from Starbucks – and it’ll last a lot longer and still leave you with a comfortable warm and happy feeling in your insides! (that came out all wrong, but you get my gist, right?)

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  1. julianusginting
    February 18, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    yesss…very nice… 🙂

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