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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Blessed Unrest is Sara Bareilles’ fourth studio album, and quite possibly one of her most personal and ambitious records yet. A follow-up to her 2010 Kaleidoscope Heart, this album debuts a slightly new approach to the creative process for Bareilles in the aftermath of a break-up and relocation to New York City. From adversity comes strength, and this is made clear as Bareilles spreads the album’s overall messages of empowerment, individuality, and the importance of being aware of one’s own voice. There's no iffy content but themes about relationships and break-ups make it best suited to older tweens and up.
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What's the story?
Sara Bareilles -- a \"new New York girl\" as she referred to herself -- made her move from the West Coast in the winter of 2012 in order to take on a fresh life perspective. The Blessed Unrest highlights the energy of life in the Big Apple, but also explores heavier subjects such as heartbreak and mortality. \"Brave,\" although upbeat and motivational, was written for and inspired by Bareilles’ friend’s struggle to embrace his sexual orientation. The soothing ballad \"Satellite Call\" provides reassurance for those feeling lost and out of place. What proved to be a transitional album for Bareilles also turned out to produce some very relatable and heartfelt tracks.
Is it any good?
Upon its release, The Blessed Unrest debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 charts, proving that this new somber sound did not diminish Bareilles’ lyrical genius and overall talent. In experimenting with a new creative approach, this album provides a variety of musical styles that presents the audience with a wonderfully surprising listening experience.
Longtime fans of Bareilles’ work may need some time to adjust to her different sound, but may eventually see this daring move as a beneficial step in her career. Though some songs can be considered outside the usual realm of her style, she has not completely strayed away from those upbeat, radio-friendly tunes that many of her listeners fell in love with. Highlights from The Blessed Unrest include "Manhattan," "Brave," and "Chasing the Sun."
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Bareilles' decision to move across the country. How did the move to New York inspire her? How might life in the Big Apple differ from a Los Angeles lifestyle?
How would you describe Bareilles' sound? How does she stand out in the overcrowded pop music landscape?
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