Little Voice (album)

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Little Voice
Studio album by Sara Bareilles
Released July 3, 2007
Genre Pop
Length 49:01
Label Epic
Producer Eric Rosse
Sara Bareilles chronology
Careful Confessions
(2004)
Little Voice
(2007)
Kaleidoscope Heart
(2010)
Singles from Little Voice
  1. "Love Song"
    Released: June 19, 2007
  2. "Bottle It Up"
    Released: April 29, 2008
  3. "Gravity"
    Released: February 3, 2009[1]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Digital Spy 2/5 stars[3]
PopMatters 8/10 stars[4]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[5]
Sputnikmusic 3.8/5 stars[6]

Little Voice is the second studio album and debut major-label album by American singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, which was released on July 17, 2007 on the Epic Records label. Six of the tracks are re-recorded studio versions of songs from her previous album, Careful Confessions. A two-disc special edition of Little Voice with live acoustic tracks was released on March 18, 2008. The bonus disc also includes an interview with Bareilles and accompanying videos of the performances.

The album debuted on the US Billboard 200 at number 45, selling about 16,000 copies in its first week.[7] As of January 13, 2011, the album has been certified platinum by the RIAA and peaked at number seven on the Billboard 200 and has currently sold over one million copies in the United States.[8] The album debuted at number 26 in New Zealand, helped by "Love Song" reaching number one on the radio airplay chart. In the United Kingdom, the album debuted at #9 with sales of 14,484.

"Love Song" was selected as the first single. It was featured as the iTunes Single of the Week from June 19 to 26, 2007. In 2008, "Bottle It Up" was released as the second single. The video was directed by Marcos Siega.[9] The third single in the United States was supposed to be "Gravity", with the video released on February 3, 2009, but no further information was ever revealed as to the date of the single release.[10]

The album was well received by critics. "Love Song" was nominated for Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 51st Grammy Awards.

When asked in an interview by British newspaper The Daily Mirror about how she would describe her music, Bareilles said, "I guess I would say it's piano-based pop/soul," and said she listened to a lot of early soul and jazz when making the album.[11]

Track listing[edit]

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

No. Title Length
1. "Love Song"   4:18
2. "Vegas"   4:07
3. "Bottle It Up"   3:00
4. "One Sweet Love"   4:20
5. "Come Round Soon"   3:33
6. "Morningside"   3:58
7. "Between the Lines"   4:34
8. "Love on the Rocks" (Bareilles, Javier Dunn) 4:13
9. "City"   4:33
10. "Many the Miles"   5:11
11. "Fairytale"   3:14
12. "Gravity"   3:52
13. "Any Way the Wind Blows" (Japan/Platinum MusicPass bonus track)  
Total length:
49:01

All acoustic versions were recorded in 2008 as part of a live session for Stripped Music. The two-disc version also replaces the original version of "Bottle It Up" with the radio edit, which is renamed "Bottle It Up" (remix edit).

Production[edit]

  • Arranged, produced, recorded and mixed by Eric Rosse
  • Basic tracks recorded and engineered by Howard Christopher Willing
  • Vocals and overdubs recorded and engineered by Eric Rosse
  • Assistant engineers: Dave Colvin (NRG Studios), Bill Mims (Sunset Sound Recorders), Charlie Paakari (Capitol Studios)

Personnel[edit]

  • Drums: Matt Chamberlain, Brian MacLeod
  • Percussion: Rafael Padilla, Eric Ivan Rosse
  • Bass: Chris Chaney
  • Piano: Sara Bareilles (tracks 1,2,4-7,9,11,12), Jamie Muhoberac (tracks 3,8), Chris Joyner (track 10)
  • Fender Rhodes: Sara Bareilles
  • Mellotron: Eric Ivan Rosse
  • Guitars: Stuart Mathis, Bruce Watson, Lyle Workman, Joel Shearer
  • Acoustic Guitar: Sara Bareilles
  • Programming: Eric Ivan Rosse
  • Cello: Cameron Stone
  • String arrangements: Eric Ivan Rosse
  • String arrangements: David Campbell
  • Backing vocals: Javier Dunn, Josh Day (both on "Many The Miles"), Sara Bareilles ("Love Song")

Singles[edit]

  1. "Love Song" was the lead single of this album. It was released in the United States on June 19, 2007, EU on April 25, 2008, and in the United Kingdom on April 2008. It is Bareilles' most successful single, charting at #4 in the United States, #4 in the United Kingdom, and #22 on the EU Top 200.
  2. "The River" (live) was released on January 1, 2008. Although not a mainstream release, "The River" is a live cover of Joni Mitchell's "River".
  3. "Bottle It Up" was the second official single, released in the United States on April 29, 2008. It did not gain as much popularity as "Love Song", and only to chart on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles at #7 which is equal to #107. It was released in the United Kingdom on October 13, 2008, but failed to make any impact on the charts, peaking at #92.
  4. "Gravity" was supposed to be the third United States single from the album. The video was released online in February 2009 and appeared on VH1's top 20 countdown. The song also appears in the TV series Community, and plays during a (intended to be humorous) montage of lingering looks between the characters Annie and Jeff. This was inspired by a real life fanvid on YouTube featuring the pair that was well known amongst the cast and crew.[12] The montage on the show was then instantly parodied using the song as backing for similar moments between the characters Abed and Pierce.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart 49
Austrian Albums Chart 46
Belgian Albums Chart 45
Dutch Albums Chart 31
European Top 100 Albums 24
French Albums Chart[13] 87
Irish Albums Chart 37
Italian Albums Chart 45
New Zealand Albums Chart 26
Mexican Albums Chart 15
Swiss Albums Chart 34
U.S. Billboard 200 7
U.S. Billboard Comprehensive Albums 8
UK Albums Chart 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Muziek | Myspace Music". Imeem.com. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  2. ^ "Allmusic review". 
  3. ^ "Digital Spy review". 
  4. ^ "PopMatters review". 
  5. ^ "Rolling Stone review". 
  6. ^ "Sputnik reviews". 
  7. ^ Katie Hasty, "T.I. Is Top Dog Again On The Billboard 200", Billboard.com, July 11, 2007.
  8. ^ "Sara Bareilles' 'Heart' Beats at No. 1 on Billboard 200", Billboard.com, September 15, 2010.
  9. ^ "BOOKED: Sara Bareilles - Marcos Siega, director", Videostatic.com, February 22, 2008.
  10. ^ "Sara Bareilles "Gravity" Video Premiere". Popcrunch.com. 2009-02-03. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  11. ^ "Sara Bareilles Interview". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
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  13. ^ Top : Nâdiya et Enrique, à quand la fin du règne ?