Today’s music review is quite a change from the music I have been reviewing. It is a refreshing change none-the-less. Colbie Caillat is an American singer/songwriter from Malibu. She has been labeled a folk singer but I think the music she writes and performs is much more. Maybe it’s just me but when I think of folk singer my mind drifts to folks like Joan Baez, or Bob Dylan. Although these are great artists the content of their music is serious or even dark at times. After listening through Colbie’s debut album the first time I see some depth in the lyrics but they are mostly personal light-hearted thoughts put to music. It’s kind of like observing a stream flowing over rocks while someone almost breathlessly sings about their thoughts and dreams. I was trying to remember who Colbie reminds me of when I first heard her music and this morning I remembered. She reminds me of Edie Brickell, of Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians. You may remember the song “What I Am” from the late eighties. Brickell is married to Paul Simon.
Coco is the title of Colbie Caillat’s debut album. Released July 17th, 2007. The title refers to the nickname given to her by her parents when she was an infant and has since stuck. The album begins with a song called “Oxygen”, which is about a young woman expressing a desire to be with a young man that leaves her needing oxygen. Ok I can not relate to the song on a personal level but I do have a young daughter and I am starting to understand. “The Little Things” is pretty much the same the same content. I do enjoy the way she repeats the words to express a thought. The next track “One Fine Wire” is about something we all can relate to. How often do we try to find a balance while juggling many thoughts going through our head? The song flows so easily I could listen and relate every time. “Bubbly” is the most popular song to date on the album. It is such a feel good song lyrically and musically. How can you go wrong with a chorus like:
It starts in my toes
makes me crinkle my nose
where ever it goes I always know
that you make me smile
please stay for a while now
just take your time
where ever you go
Album highlights are “One Fine Wire”, “Bubbly”, the jazz inspired “Feelings Show”, reflection and relation laced “Realize”, the slow moving Lauren Hill styled “Battle”, and I think my favorite “Tailor Made” which is supposed to be inspired by observing her sister find the perfect mate.
Again this is a definite contrast compared to what have been reviewing lately, but it does show that I will slow down and quietly listen and reflect. I don’t always “bang my head.” Coco is such a refreshing album compared to most of anything else out right now. When I made a commitment to “music review Tuesday” I made a commitment to review music, and in doing so I also made a decision to only review music I enjoy. Why waste my time writing about all the other junk I don’t like. In conclusion you should definitely give a listen to Colbie Caillat and you may find yourself smiling along as you think about a bubbling stream and sunshine. I give it 5 stars out of 5 for its freshness and for the way it simply cause you to smile. You can’t help it.
Check out the video for “Bubbly” below.