Song of the Day #4,857: ‘Sinners, Saints and Fools’ – Brandi Carlile

Continuing my track-by-track presentation of Brandi Carlile’s In These Silent Days

Carlile returns to Elton John territory on the album’s penultimate track, unleashing a blistering rocker about religious hypocrisy.

‘Sinners, Saints and Fools’ is written as a parable about a so-called Christian who turns his back on immigrants only to suffer the same fate at the Pearly Gates.

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Song of the Day #4,856: ‘Stay Gentle’ – Brandi Carlile

Continuing my track-by-track presentation of Brandi Carlile’s In These Silent Days

The eighth song on In These Silent Days is a lovely lullaby written for Carlile’s young daughters, counseling them to hold on to the innocence of youth.

This song has an old country feel that reminds me of k.d. lang. Carlile’s voice is a perfect match for this sort of earnest love letter.

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Song of the Day #4,855: ‘When You’re Wrong’ – Brandi Carlile

Continuing my track-by-track presentation of Brandi Carlile’s In These Silent Days

Track seven was written by one of the Hanseroth twins, but you’d never guess from Carlile’s vocal performance that this song isn’t deeply personal to her. It’s a testament to her empathy as much as her vocal chops.

‘When You’re Wrong’ is also yet another stylistic departure on an album on which no two songs sound alike. This is the most delicate song yet, featuring just a finger-picked guitar and Carlile’s ethereal voice.

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Song of the Day #4,854: ‘Mama Werewolf’ – Brandi Carlile

Continuing my track-by-track presentation of Brandi Carlile’s In These Silent Days

The back half of In These Silent Days starts with the provocatively titled ‘Mama Werewolf.’ This song is aimed at Carlile herself, and her shortcomings as a mother who too often exhibits the worst qualities of her own parents.

This album makes for quite the therapy session.

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Song of the Day #4,853: ‘Sweetie’ – Josh Rouse

Today’s random SOTD is the opening track on Josh Rouse’s 2007 album Country Mouse City House. It was co-written with his wife, Paz Suay (whom my wife considers a dear friend after they chatted for five minutes at a Josh Rouse concert in Asheville, North Carolina).

‘Sweetie’ beautifully captures the feeling of a young romance, ripe with possibilities. Two lovers “laughing in circles” and dreaming about sleeping on rooftops and riding bicycles — it sounds like the perfect European vacation, which makes sense given that the album was written in Spain.

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