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Ingrid Michaelson returns with ‘Human Again’

January 26, 2012

RATING: 3 of 5 stars – Photo courtesy of Cabin 24 Records

 

Naomi Allison
News Editor
In her fourth album, “Human Again,” indie-pop singer Ingrid Michaelson decides to shed her cutesy, ukulele-girl-with-the-glasses image and transform into an artist who creates edgier songs with a bolder, more mature side.

 

Though I am not a hard-core Ingrid Michaelson fan (I do not stalk her on You Tube and am not obsessed about her music), there is definitely something unique about her style in “Human Again.”

 

Michaelson has said goodbye to her upbeat songs that were featured in shows such as: “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Parenthood” and “One Tree Hill.”

 

Instead, all 15 of her songs and lyrics are a bit darker.  They have meaning. They pierce straight through your heart and touch your soul. Her voice is raw, pure, personal and honest.

 

In a nutshell, Michaelson has succeeded in sounding distinct, while maintaining her identity and having variety within her songs.

 

To me, any musician who accomplishes this feat should be respected.
Overall, there are very few songs on her album that did not catch my attention.

 

“Black and Blue” has an old-school hip-hop vibe, while “Palm of Your Hand” is a steady rock song that contains bleak, emotional lyrics. “Fire,” on the other hand, contains the powerful lyrics that she is known for but is backed by intricate orchestral beats.

 

“Ghost” is a light, relaxing pop song. “How We Love” has some nice acoustic guitar playing in the background and showcases her writing skills.

 

Though there are a couple of tracks that did not capture my interest, (“Ribbons” and “In the Sea”), “Human Again” is a relaxing, emotional and well delivered album, from front to back.

 

By expanding her sound and genre, Michaelson will be able to lend herself to more licensing opportunities than the ones her earlier upbeat, pop-focused material attracted.

 

Often, I feel many musicians write music for others or the public. There are few who write music for themselves.

 

I don’t think either path is right or wrong, but I suspect Michealson is the complete opposite.

 

In some ways, Michealson is a rebel, because she has not tried to conform to the music industry.
She is the definition of a strong, sexy and confident woman.

 

Truly, there’s something magnetic about the fact that Michealson plays instruments, writes her own music and sings.
The fact that she is comfortable in her own shoes is admirable.

 

A few years ago, Michaelson released a song called “The Way I Am,” that talks about self-acceptance.

 

With her new life, style and swagger, I hope her fans can continue to accept Michaelson for the way she has become.

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