Sara Bareilles Amidst the Chaos

Amidst the Chaos

Sara Bareilles

Released on April 5, 2019 by Epic

Main artist: Sara Bareilles

Genre: Pop/Rock > Pop

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There may be no other title that captures the feeling of living in the late 2010s than Amidst the Chaos, the name Sara Bareilles gave her sixth album. Appropriately, Amidst the Chaos feels as if it was born from the turmoil left in the wake of the 2016 election, wearing its scars proudly even as it hesitatingly offers glimmers of hope. Bareilles doesn't address politics directly, preferring to rhapsodize about the Obama era in the guise of love songs and donning metaphorical armor to combat the age of Trump, and such skilled obliqueness -- where the audience recognizes what's being said, even if the themes are never spoken out loud -- are a reflection of how Bareilles has sharpened her songwriting by writing tunes for the stage during the bulk of the 2010s. There are hints of theatricality on Amidst the Chaos, particularly when the tempo quickens, but Bareilles opted to cut the album with T-Bone Burnett, a producer who specializes in analog impressionism. Burnett's predilection for foggy, atmospheric audio stands in stark contrast to the crisp, bright productions of Bareilles' earlier records, a shift that's more startling than the singer/songwriter's decision to tackle socio-political topics, yet his deliberately arty setting emphasizes Bareilles' versatility. Much of the album is moody and contemplative, a tone that suits Burnett's atmospheric touch, yet this also makes the handful of pop tunes -- "If I Can't Have You," which nearly glides by in its effervescence and the rolling "Orpheus" -- seem all the more vivid, while also setting the gospel undertones of "Saint Honesty" and the steeliness of "Eyes on You" in an effective, welcome contrast. Such distinctions are subtle but notable, and Amidst the Chaos invites the kind of close listening that helps draw out these differences: its surfaces are elusive and inviting, and its core is deep and nuanced, a combination that results in a rich, rewarding experience that shifts slightly with each return visit. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Album : 1 disk - 12 tracks Total length : 00:49:43

  1. 1 Fire

    T Bone Burnett, Producer - Sara Bareilles, Composer, Lyricist, Programmer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Jim Keltner, Drums - Dennis Crouch, Acoustic Bass - Gavin Lurssen, Mastering Engineer - Jason Wormer, Editor - Mike Piersante, Percussion, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Ivy Skoff, Contractor, Coordinator - Blake Mills, Guitar, Mandolin - Zachary Dawes, Misc. Prod. - Patrick Benson, Misc. Prod. - Billy Centenaro, Assistant Engineer - Joseph Lorge, Assistant Engineer, Misc. Prod. - Karl Wingate, Assistant Engineer - Carl Lieberman, RPT, Misc. Prod. Copyright : (P) 2019 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  2. 2 No Such Thing

    T Bone Burnett, Producer - Sara Bareilles, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Gavin Lurssen, Mastering Engineer - Jason Wormer, Editor - Mike Piersante, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Ivy Skoff, Contractor, Coordinator - Zachary Dawes, Misc. Prod. - Justin Tranter, Composer, Lyricist - Patrick Benson, Misc. Prod. - Billy Centenaro, Assistant Engineer - Joseph Lorge, Assistant Engineer, Misc. Prod. - Karl Wingate, Assistant Engineer - Carl Lieberman, RPT, Misc. Prod. Copyright : (P) 2019 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  3. 3 Armor

    T Bone Burnett, Producer - Sara Bareilles, Composer, Lyricist, Piano, Programmer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Keefus Ciancia, Keyboards - Dennis Crouch, Acoustic Bass - Gavin Lurssen, Mastering Engineer - Jason Wormer, Editor - Mike Piersante, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Jay Bellerose, Drums - Patrick Warren, Keyboards - Marc Ribot, Guitar - Ivy Skoff, Contractor, Coordinator - Zachary Dawes, Misc. Prod. - Patrick Benson, Misc. Prod. - Gabriel Johnson, Trumpet - Billy Centenaro, Assistant Engineer - Joseph Lorge, Assistant Engineer, Misc. Prod. - Karl Wingate, Assistant Engineer - Carl Lieberman, RPT, Misc. Prod. Copyright : (P) 2018 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  4. 4 If I Can't Have You

    T Bone Burnett, Producer - Sara Bareilles, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Gavin Lurssen, Mastering Engineer - Jason Wormer, Editor - Mike Piersante, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Aaron Sterling, Composer, Lyricist - Ivy Skoff, Contractor, Coordinator - Zachary Dawes, Misc. Prod. - Emily King, Composer, Lyricist - Patrick Benson, Misc. Prod. - Billy Centenaro, Assistant Engineer - Joseph Lorge, Assistant Engineer, Misc. Prod. - Karl Wingate, Assistant Engineer - Carl Lieberman, RPT, Misc. Prod. Copyright : (P) 2019 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  5. 5 Eyes on You

    T Bone Burnett, Producer - Sara Bareilles, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Gavin Lurssen, Mastering Engineer - Jason Wormer, Editor - Mike Piersante, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Ivy Skoff, Contractor, Coordinator - Zachary Dawes, Misc. Prod. - Patrick Benson, Misc. Prod. - Billy Centenaro, Assistant Engineer - Joseph Lorge, Assistant Engineer, Misc. Prod. - Karl Wingate, Assistant Engineer - Carl Lieberman, RPT, Misc. Prod. Copyright : (P) 2019 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  6. 6 Miss Simone

    T Bone Burnett, Producer - Sara Bareilles, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Lori McKenna, Composer, Lyricist - Gavin Lurssen, Mastering Engineer - Jason Wormer, Editor - Mike Piersante, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Ivy Skoff, Contractor, Coordinator - Zachary Dawes, Misc. Prod. - Patrick Benson, Misc. Prod. - Billy Centenaro, Assistant Engineer - Joseph Lorge, Assistant Engineer, Misc. Prod. - Karl Wingate, Assistant Engineer - Carl Lieberman, RPT, Misc. Prod. Copyright : (P) 2019 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  7. 7 Wicked Love

    T Bone Burnett, Producer - Sara Bareilles, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Gavin Lurssen, Mastering Engineer - Jason Wormer, Editor - Mike Piersante, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Ivy Skoff, Contractor, Coordinator - Zachary Dawes, Misc. Prod. - Patrick Benson, Misc. Prod. - Billy Centenaro, Assistant Engineer - Joseph Lorge, Assistant Engineer, Misc. Prod. - Karl Wingate, Assistant Engineer - Carl Lieberman, RPT, Misc. Prod. Copyright : (P) 2019 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  8. 8 Orpheus

    T Bone Burnett, Producer - Sara Bareilles, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Gavin Lurssen, Mastering Engineer - Jason Wormer, Editor - Mike Piersante, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Ivy Skoff, Contractor, Coordinator - Zachary Dawes, Misc. Prod. - Patrick Benson, Misc. Prod. - Billy Centenaro, Assistant Engineer - Joseph Lorge, Assistant Engineer, Misc. Prod. - Karl Wingate, Assistant Engineer - Carl Lieberman, RPT, Misc. Prod. Copyright : (P) 2019 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  9. 9 Poetry by Dead Men

    T Bone Burnett, Producer - Sara Bareilles, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Gavin Lurssen, Mastering Engineer - Jason Wormer, Editor - Mike Piersante, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Ivy Skoff, Contractor, Coordinator - Zachary Dawes, Misc. Prod. - Justin Tranter, Composer, Lyricist - Patrick Benson, Misc. Prod. - Billy Centenaro, Assistant Engineer - Joseph Lorge, Assistant Engineer, Misc. Prod. - Karl Wingate, Assistant Engineer - Carl Lieberman, RPT, Misc. Prod. Copyright : (P) 2019 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  10. 10 Someone Who Loves Me

    T Bone Burnett, Producer - Sara Bareilles, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Gavin Lurssen, Mastering Engineer - Jason Wormer, Editor - Mike Piersante, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Ivy Skoff, Contractor, Coordinator - Zachary Dawes, Misc. Prod. - Patrick Benson, Misc. Prod. - Billy Centenaro, Assistant Engineer - Joseph Lorge, Assistant Engineer, Misc. Prod. - Karl Wingate, Assistant Engineer - Carl Lieberman, RPT, Misc. Prod. Copyright : (P) 2019 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  11. 11 Saint Honesty

    T Bone Burnett, Producer - Sara Bareilles, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Lori McKenna, Composer, Lyricist - Gavin Lurssen, Mastering Engineer - Jason Wormer, Editor - Mike Piersante, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Ivy Skoff, Contractor, Coordinator - Zachary Dawes, Misc. Prod. - Patrick Benson, Misc. Prod. - Billy Centenaro, Assistant Engineer - Joseph Lorge, Assistant Engineer, Misc. Prod. - Karl Wingate, Assistant Engineer - Carl Lieberman, RPT, Misc. Prod. Copyright : (P) 2019 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  12. 12 A Safe Place to Land

    T Bone Burnett, Producer - Sara Bareilles, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Lori McKenna, Composer, Lyricist - Gavin Lurssen, Mastering Engineer - Jason Wormer, Editor - Mike Piersante, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - John Legend, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Ivy Skoff, Contractor, Coordinator - Zachary Dawes, Misc. Prod. - Patrick Benson, Misc. Prod. - Billy Centenaro, Assistant Engineer - Joseph Lorge, Assistant Engineer, Misc. Prod. - Karl Wingate, Assistant Engineer - Carl Lieberman, RPT, Misc. Prod. - Sara Bareilles feat. John Legend, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : (P) 2019 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  • Album description
  • There may be no other title that captures the feeling of living in the late 2010s than Amidst the Chaos, the name Sara Bareilles gave her sixth album. Appropriately, Amidst the Chaos feels as if it was born from the turmoil left in the wake of the 2016 election, wearing its scars proudly even as it hesitatingly offers glimmers of hope. Bareilles doesn't address politics directly, preferring to rhapsodize about the Obama era in the guise of love songs and donning metaphorical armor to combat the age of Trump, and such skilled obliqueness -- where the audience recognizes what's being said, even if the themes are never spoken out loud -- are a reflection of how Bareilles has sharpened her songwriting by writing tunes for the stage during the bulk of the 2010s. There are hints of theatricality on Amidst the Chaos, particularly when the tempo quickens, but Bareilles opted to cut the album with T-Bone Burnett, a producer who specializes in analog impressionism. Burnett's predilection for foggy, atmospheric audio stands in stark contrast to the crisp, bright productions of Bareilles' earlier records, a shift that's more startling than the singer/songwriter's decision to tackle socio-political topics, yet his deliberately arty setting emphasizes Bareilles' versatility. Much of the album is moody and contemplative, a tone that suits Burnett's atmospheric touch, yet this also makes the handful of pop tunes -- "If I Can't Have You," which nearly glides by in its effervescence and the rolling "Orpheus" -- seem all the more vivid, while also setting the gospel undertones of "Saint Honesty" and the steeliness of "Eyes on You" in an effective, welcome contrast. Such distinctions are subtle but notable, and Amidst the Chaos invites the kind of close listening that helps draw out these differences: its surfaces are elusive and inviting, and its core is deep and nuanced, a combination that results in a rich, rewarding experience that shifts slightly with each return visit. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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