Song of the Day #4,660: ‘That Year’ – Brandi Carlile

Following the success of The Story, Brandi Carlile was poised for breakout success, and her next album — 2009’s Give Up the Ghost — seemed like just the vehicle for it.

Produced by the legendary Rick Rubin, Give Up the Ghost serves up another batch of resonant folk pop, but sounds even better than her first two records. Carlile sounds looser and freer, and the songs are alternately sadder and more fun. She even duets with her idol, Elton John, on a song that sounds like an alt-country ‘Crocodile Rock.’

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