Brandi Carlile’s fourth album, 2015’s The Firewatcher’s Daughter, sounds like a reaction to its low-key predecessor. Where Bear Creek leaned into acoustic folk and country, Firewatcher finds Carlile and company rocking out. On about half of its tracks, anyway.
Having been lucky enough to see Carlile live right before the pandemic, I can attest that this album comes closer to capturing her live sound than any of its predecessors. Indeed, Carlile says the band didn’t record any demos for the record, instead choosing to capture the performances for the first time during the final recording sessions.