female singer/songwriters month : ingrid michaelson
back to beautiful, talented female songwriters...ingrid michaelson is someone i was admittedly too snobbish to initially check out, given that the only exposure i had to her was the use of her song "the way i am" in a commercial for old navy. recently, her latest cd, girls and boys, showed up on emusic and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to give the girl a spin and a chance. my instant reaction: wow, what a fool i had been to initially dismiss her. the album starts off with "die alone", a song that would have undoubtedly made my 2007 year-end list if i had actually heard it last year. the bruising guitar riff that drives the song belies the sentiment within, somehow managing expressions of vulnerability delivered in a nearly combative way. her voice recalls regina spektor both in tenor and style, and the album unfolds over the course of a combination of piano- and guitar-driven tracks. for what it's worth, i actually think "the way i am" is one of the weaker songs on the album, so if that's your only exposure to ingrid michaelson and you love that track, chances are pretty good you'll the love the rest of it.
ingrid michaelson : "die alone"
from the lp girls and boys (cabin 24, 2007) emusic