Give Up the Ghost (album)

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Give Up the Ghost
Give Up the Ghost album cover.jpg
Studio album by Brandi Carlile
Released October 6, 2009
Recorded Sunset Sound, Los Angeles
Genre Folk rock
Length 40:45
Label Columbia
Producer Rick Rubin
Brandi Carlile chronology
The Story
Give Up the Ghost
Bear Creek
Singles from Give Up the Ghost
  1. "Dreams"
    Released: August 18, 2009
  2. "That Year"
    Released: February 19, 2010
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Billboard (positive)[2]
Express (positive)[3]
Paste (90/100)[4]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[5]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars[6]

Give Up the Ghost is the third studio album by American singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile, released on October 6, 2009, through Columbia Records.[1][7][8] The album was produced by Grammy Award winner Rick Rubin and contains a collaboration with Elton John titled "Caroline".[8] Recorded at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, the album also features Chad Smith, Amy Ray and Benmont Tench.[7]

"Dreams", the first single from the album, was released on Carlile's website on August 14, and was available for download on August 18.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Carlile, unless noted otherwise.

  1. "Looking Out" – 4:18
  2. "Dying Day" (Tim Hanseroth) – 3:33
  3. "Pride and Joy" – 4:20
  4. "Dreams" (Carlile, Phil Hanseroth, T. Hanseroth) – 3:31
  5. "That Year" – 3:35
  6. "Caroline" (Carlile, P. Hanseroth, T. Hanseroth) – 3:36
  7. "Before it Breaks" (Carlile, P. Hanseroth, T. Hanseroth) – 3:57
  8. "I Will" – 4:09
  9. "If There Was No You" (Carlile, P. Hanseroth) – 2:39
  10. "Touching the Ground" (T. Hanseroth) – 3:17
  11. "Oh Dear" (Carlile, P. Hanseroth) – 2:50

Television exposure[edit]

The single "Dreams" featured in a promo for the ABC television show The Deep End in January 2010, and in the same year, was featured by Walt Disney Animation Studios as the background music of the countdown montage to their 50th animated feature, Tangled.

The song "Oh Dear" appeared in the Grey's Anatomy episode "I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked", which aired on January 21, 2010; "Before It Breaks" featured in the "Invest in Love" episode of Grey's Anatomy, the pilot episode of Covert Affairs on the USA Network as well as the pilot episode of The Fosters on ABC Family.

The National Geographic Channel in Latin America chose "If There Was No You" as the jingle to promote Great Migrations (Grandes Migraciones), which began broadcasting in November 2010. Walt Disney Animation featured "Dreams" in a montage showcasing their 50 animated pictures on the DVD of Tangled.


Chart (2009) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 26


In 2010, Brandi Carlile was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for "Outstanding Music Artist" for the album Give Up the Ghost during the 21st GLAAD Media Awards.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Brandi Carlile - Give Up the Ghost". Allmusic. Retrieved October 5, 2009. 
  2. ^ Herrera, Monica (October 9, 2009). "Brandi Carlile, "Give Up the Ghost"". Billboard. Nielsen Company. Retrieved November 14, 2009. 
  3. ^ Zamula, Meg (October 5, 2009). "On the Brink: Brandi Carlile, 'Give Up the Ghost'". Express. The Washington Post Company. Retrieved October 30, 2009. 
  4. ^ Maddux, Rachael (October 6, 2009). "Brandi Carlile: Give Up the Ghost: Music Reviews". Paste. Hearst Corporation. Retrieved October 6, 2009. 
  5. ^ Leftridge, Steve (October 15, 2009). "Brandi Carlile: Give Up the Ghost". PopMatters. PopMatters Media. Retrieved October 30, 2009. 
  6. ^ Keef, Jonathan (October 4, 2009). "Brandi Carlile: Give Up the Ghost". Slant Magazine. Slant Magazine. Retrieved October 30, 2009. 
  7. ^ a b Lee, Christina (August 18, 2009). "Brandi Carlile to Give Up New Album Oct. 6". Paste. Paste Media Group. Retrieved August 20, 2009. 
  8. ^ a b Abney, Andrea (May 31, 2009). "Young singer works with her idol". San Francisco Chronicle. Hearst Corporation. Retrieved July 7, 2009. 
  9. ^ "21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards - English Language Nominees". Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. 2010. Retrieved February 21, 2010. 

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