New York singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson first achieved renown in 2007, in a manner indicative of the era's multimedia paradigm--her songs were featured in TV commercials and soundtracks. With a cooing, wispy voice perfect for the post-Norah Jones market and an arty sensibility akin to Feist, Michaelson went from underground obscurity to national recognition in the blink of an eye. Her second self-released album, GIRLS AND BOYS, was reissued in '07 in response to the dramatically increased interest in Michaelson's music.
Track Listings:1. Die Alone 2. Masochist 3. Breakable 4. The Hat 5. The Way I Am 6. Overboard 7. Glass 8. Starting Now 9. Corner of Your Heart 10. December Baby 11. Highway 12. Far Away
Early on in "Breakable," from her excellent Girls and Boys, Ingrid Michaelson muses on the fragility of the heart, in both the literal and symbolic senses--"have you ever thought about what protects our hearts--just a cage of rib bones and other various parts… we are just breakable girls and boys." Ingrid Michaelson's songs have been featured on Grey's Anatomy episodes and Old Navy commercials, and there's a good reason she keeps getting selected for such high-profile exposure--the songs on Girls and Boys are an immediately appealing blend of pop song craft and vulnerable emotion. Michaelson has a more accessible voice and presentation than contemporaries like Feist and Regina Spektor, and her piano-driven arrangements hit all the right peaks and valleys, calling on a delicate acoustic guitar here, an overdriven electric there, to highlight her alternately joyful and mournful melodies. In short, she's made a fine pop album worth checking out, even if you're not a fan of Dr. Meredith and McDreamy. --Ben Heege
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