Kaleidoscope Heart

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Kaleidoscope Heart
Kaleidoscope Heart album cover
Studio album by Sara Bareilles
Released September 7, 2010 (2010-09-07)
Recorded 2009–2010 at The Village Recorder
Genre Pop rock, soul
Length 50:43
Label Epic
Producer Neal Avron
Sara Bareilles chronology
Little Voice
(2007)
Kaleidoscope Heart
(2010)
Once Upon Another Time
(2012)
Singles from Kaleidoscope Heart
  1. "King of Anything"
    Released: May 10, 2010
  2. "Uncharted"
    Released: January 13, 2011
  3. "Gonna Get Over You"
    Released: September 16, 2011

Kaleidoscope Heart is the third studio album and second major label album by singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, which was released on September 7, 2010.[1] The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 90,000 copies in its first week.[2]

Background[edit]

Bareilles stated on her website the reason behind the album's title, "I picked out the name of the record months before I even finished writing the songs. I love the imagery of those words, and they’re really representative of how I envision my heart. It's a colorful but fragmented, ever-changing sum of all the bits and pieces that make it up. A kaleidoscope is the tool that helps make sense of the mess. Or at least makes it nice to look at."[3]

She also stated she suffered from "writer's block" after her debut album Little Voice, however upon writing the song "Uncharted", she drew inspiration from this song to write the rest of the record. The title of the album, "Kaleidoscope Heart" was chosen by Bareilles from the lyric in the bridge of "Uncharted".[4]

Promotion[edit]

"King of Anything" was released as the first single.

On May 12 (Canada) and May 14 (USA), during the fourth season finale of "Brothers & Sisters", a new song from Bareilles was played during a scene of the show. It was confirmed by www.abc.com that the song is called "Uncharted".[5] On June 1, the tracklist and release date were released online.

Three promotional singles and the entire album were made available before the release of the album. On August 23, 2010, the track "Hold My Heart" was released exclusively for streaming on Whole Foods' website. On August 25, 2010 the track "Uncharted" was released exclusively for streaming on the Entertainment Weekly website. On August 27, 2010, the track "Gonna Get Over You" was released exclusively for streaming on Barnes & Noble's website. On August 31, 2010, the full album was made available for stream on www.iheartradio.com.

She performed "King of Anything" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on September 3, 2010, as well as on Regis & Kelly and The Today Show on September 7, 2010. On September 21, 2010, Bareilles performed on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

On September 24, during the Seventh season premiere of Medium, an edited version of "King of Anything" was played during various scenes of the episode.

The track "Breathe Again" was played on the 4th episode of season 2 of the television series The Vampire Diaries, during a flashback in Katherine Pierce's memory, was played on the finale series of season 10 of the television series Smallville, during a Clark Kent and Lois Lane wedding, as well as on the show Brothers & Sisters and In Plain Sight, and in a May 2012 episode of The Client List.

During the final scenes of the 7th episode (season 1) of Body of Proof, the track "Hold My Heart" was played.

Singles[edit]

"King of Anything" was the lead single of the album. It was released on radio in the USA on May 10, 2010, and went on sale in June 2010.[6] It peaked at #32 on the Billboard 100, becoming her second top 40 hit on the chart (after "Love Song" became her first). In the Netherlands it fared even better, reaching #21.

The second single from the album was "Uncharted", and was released to radio in the United States in January 2011. It peaked at #13 on Billboard's Adult Pop Songs and #16 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.

The third and final single was "Gonna Get Over You", with a music video directed by Jonah Hill. It was added to the Hot AC on September 19, 2011.[7] The song debuted on Billboard's Adult Pop Songs at #39 eventually climbing to #35. The music video was released on YouTube at September 22, 2011.

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[8]
Daily News 3/5 stars[9]
Entertainment Weekly (B-)[10]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[11]
New York Times (positive)[12]
PopMatters (4/10)[13]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[14]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars[15]
The Washington Post (positive)[16]

Kaleidoscope Heart received a 67% on Metacritic, resulting from generally favorable reviews.[17] Stephen Thomas Erlewine from Allmusic rated the album with 4 stars out of 5 and has claimed positively that "Despite lushly detailed arrangements, Bareilles never pushes this distinctly commercial gift too hard, letting the songs flow easily and this gentleness is almost as appealing as those classically constructed melodies, tunes so softly insistent they could conceivably appear on adult contemporary charts anytime from 1971 to 2010".[8] Jon Pareles from The New York Times was also positive regarding the album, saying that "When Ms. Bareilles goes for more straightforward tugs on the heartstrings, she often sounds like Sarah McLachlan's gifted apprentice, complete with Ms. McLachlan's trademark of going breathy at the top of a phrase".[18] Ann Powers from Los Angeles Times claimed that "The singer-songwriter's background in university show choirs serves her well here, as she finds strength in complex vocal arrangements and the sorts of dramatic set-ups that have reminded us, through Fox's popular television show, that the very act of raising our voices can be a hugely liberating act".[19] Mikael Wood from Entertainment Weekly was favorable, saying that "On Kaleidoscope Heart, sometimes, as in the airless Breathe Again, all that earnest yearning can make you feel like you've been sentenced to life at Lilith Fair".[20] Will Hermes from Rolling Stone gave a rating of 2.5 stars (out of 5) and a mixed review, analysing that "Bareilles veers between fellow pianists Alicia Keys and Regina Spektor, avoiding either's extremes".[21] Another mixed review, came from Enio Chiola from PopMatters, who claimed that "Although Kaleidoscope Heart was probably intended to prove Bareilles' staying power, it only confirms suspicions that in some years, she'll be as remembered as Michelle Branch, or Tracy Bonham, still making music, but without any of the mass appeal they once enjoyed".[22]

Commercial performance[edit]

On the Billboard 200, Bareilles scored her first number-one album and her best sales week ever. Kaleidoscope Heart topped the chart with 90,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[23] As of July 2013, it has sold over 441,000 copies in the U.S.[24]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Bareilles, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Kaleidoscope Heart"   1:02
2. "Uncharted[25]"   3:35
3. "Gonna Get Over You" (Bareilles, Sam Farrar) 4:16
4. "Hold My Heart"   4:33
5. "King of Anything"   3:27
6. "Say You're Sorry"   3:41
7. "The Light"   4:23
8. "Basket Case"   4:12
9. "Let the Rain"   3:40
10. "Machine Gun"   4:08
11. "Not Alone"   3:42
12. "Breathe Again"   4:58
13. "Bluebird"   4:04
Total length:
49:36

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producer, Mixing – Neal Avron
  • Engineer – Neal Avron, Erich Talaba
  • Assistant Engineer – Graham Hope, Chris Owens
  • Mastering – Ted Jensen
  • Mixing Assistant – Nicolas Fournier
  • String Arrangements – Neal Avron, Suzie Katayama
  • Programming – Neal Avron, Tommy Walter
  • Pro-Tools – Erich Talaba
  • Design, Photography – Heidi Ross
  • A&R – Mike Flynn

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200[26] 1
U.S. Billboard Digital Albums[27] 1
U.S. Billboard Tastemaker Albums[28] 10
Canadian Albums Chart[29] 13
UK Albums Chart[30] 138
Swiss Albums Chart[31] 97

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Position
US Billboard 200[32] 175

Chart precession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
Asylum by Disturbed
US Billboard 200 number-one album
September 25, 2010 – October 1, 2010
Succeeded by
A Thousand Suns by Linkin Park

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bareilles, Sara (2010). "Sara Bareilles: King of Anythingalifianakis > Biography". Facebook note. Retrieved May 10, 2010. 
  2. ^ notícias. "Nos EUA: Sara Bareilles estreia em primeiro lugar na lista dos álbuns mais vendidos da semana | Confira os 10 álbuns mais vendidos entre os dias 07 e 14 de setembro". Popline.mtv.uol.com.br. Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  3. ^ "Sara Bareilles Names Her New Album ‘Kaleidoscope Heart’". popdirt.com. 2010-06-02. Retrieved 2010-09-14. 
  4. ^ "Sara Bareilles - "Uncharted" at the Roof Top Pool". YouTube. Retrieved 2010-09-14. 
  5. ^ "Brothers & Sisters - Music Lounge". ABC. 
  6. ^ Bareilles, Sara (2010). "Twitter / Sara Bareilles: Quick clarification y'all...". Twitter status update. Retrieved May 11, 2010. 
  7. ^ "®R&R :: Going For Adds™ :: Hot AC". Gfa.radioandrecords.com. 2011-09-19. Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  8. ^ a b Kaleidoscope Heart at AllMusic
  9. ^ Daily News Review
  10. ^ EW review
  11. ^ Los Angeles Times Review
  12. ^ The New York Times Review
  13. ^ Pop Matters Review
  14. ^ Rolling Stone Review
  15. ^ Sputnik Music Review
  16. ^ Washing Post Review
  17. ^ "Critic Reviews for Kaleidoscope Heart at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. 2011-02-07. Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  18. ^ "Critics' Choice - CDs from Sara Bareilles, Vijay Iyer and the Steeldrivers - NYTimes.com". NYTimes.com. 2010-09-05. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  19. ^ "Album review: Sara Bareilles, 'Kaleidoscope Heart'". latimes.com. 2010-09-07. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  20. ^ "Kaleidoscope Heart Review". EW. 2010-09-01. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  21. ^ "Kaleidoscope Heart". Rolling Stone. 2010-09-07. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  22. ^ "Sara Bareilles: Kaleidoscope Heart". PopMatters. 2010-09-09. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  23. ^ Sara Bareilles Top The Billboard 200 with Kaleidoscope Heart Billboard Biz Retrieved 2010-09-15
  24. ^ "Sara Bareilles' Blessed Unrest: Inside Her Personal & Professional Changes For New Album". Billboard.com. 2013-06-24. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  25. ^ Sara Bareilles - Uncharted (Live at the Manderley Bar) on YouTube
  26. ^ Caulfield, Keith (2010-09-15). "Sara Bareilles' 'Heart' Beats at No. 1 on Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-09-15. 
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  29. ^ "Sara Bareilles Music News & Info". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  30. ^ "Chart Log UK: New Entries Update". Retrieved June 19, 2012. 
  31. ^ Steffen Hung (2011-02-27). "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". Hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  32. ^ "Best of 2010 - Billboard Top 200". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2010-12-31.