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    enters the Billboard chart this week at #17

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    3.5 of 5.0 from allmusic

    4th album
    nice pop music
    but I don't think she dances around in her underwear
    so she'll never make it big

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    Bio - from allmusic

    By age 21, vocalist Colbie Caillat had evolved swiftly from an aspiring R&B/folk singer to a pop sensation, a feat that owed as much to the
    marketing assistance of MySpace as the meteoric popularity of her debut single, "Bubbly." Caillat's childhood was spent in Malibu and Ventura
    County with her father, Ken Caillat, an established audio engineer who helped produce Fleetwood Mac's Rumours and Tusk. Songs were often mixed
    at the console in her Malibu beach house, filling the corridors with the sounds of Billy Idol, Pat Benatar, and other '80s pop/rock staples.
    Caillat took piano lessons as a child, but lacked significant inspiration until she turned 11 years old and became enthralled with Lauryn Hill's
    performance in Sister Act 2. Immediately realizing that she wanted to be a singer, she started taking vocal lessons and soon met Mikal Blue, a
    producer who had previously worked with Five for Fighting and Carrie Underwood. Blue hired her to sing on several techno songs that were to be
    used in runway models' shows, and the two cultivated a professional relationship. At 19, Caillat picked up an acoustic guitar, and the two
    recorded the first song she composed.

    As the collaboration thickened, Jason Reeves entered the picture and lent his artistic know-how to the songwriter's developing skills. Caillat
    wrote the basic melodies, often composing in her bathroom due to the reverb-heavy acoustics, and would then receive artistic input from Blue and
    Reeves. She posted several of her finished songs on MySpace, although little response was generated until Caillat uploaded a breezy, hook-laden
    track named "Bubbly." As word of mouth spread, her MySpace page began pulling in a few thousand hits a day; after she had accumulated 6,240
    friends, Rolling Stone highlighted her as one of the top female artists on the networking site. For four months, Colbie Caillat was MySpace's
    number one unsigned artist, garnering over 14 million plays in the process. With such an appealing statistic on her résumé, record labels began
    courting the photogenic singer, and she signed to Universal Republic as her number of online friends surpassed the 100,000 mark.

    In July 2007, Caillat made her major-label debut with Coco, a summertime record suitable for both the coffeehouse and the beach. "Bubbly" topped
    the singles charts in several formats, transforming the singer from an Internet sensation to a mainstream presence. Coco spun off two additional
    singles while climbing to double-platinum status, and Caillat celebrated her star success by duetting with Jason Mraz, touring with John Mayer,
    and collaborating with Taylor Swift. Two years after Coco's release, she returned with a second record, Breakthrough, and scored another Top 40
    hit with "Fallin' for You." The album went gold and was followed two years later by All of You, another summery collection of pop songs written
    with the likes of Ryan Tedder, Toby Gad, and "Bubbly" co-writer Jason Reeves. "Brighter Than the Sun," the second single pulled from the album,
    was the record's biggest hit, topping Billboard's Adult Contemporary charts (it peaked at 47 on the Hot 100). Caillat released the holiday album
    Christmas in the Sand in the fall of 2012; the album reached number four on Billboard's Top Holiday Albums and 41 on the Billboard 200.

    Caillat began work on her next album in 2013, with the first fruit of her labor, "Hold On," appearing in November 2013. An EP called Gypsy
    Heart: Side A showed up in June 2014 and, as that title suggests, it was the first half of a full-length album called Gypsy Heart, which was
    released in September 2014. Produced in part by Babyface, the album was a conscious shift to poppier, radio-friendly material.

    Album Review - from allmusic

    Four albums in, Colbie Caillat decided it was time for a cool change. The singer/songwriter remains quintessentially Southern Californian -- her
    spirit is sunny, her melodies breezy -- but she no longer dresses her songs in beachwear. She's ditched the peasant skirts for stylish black
    dresses; she's no longer strumming an acoustic guitar; she's singing over densely arranged electronic tracks, some produced by Max Martin and
    some produced by Babyface, neither known for having much patience with neo-hippie surfer girls. If Caillat were less of a pro, this makeover
    would come across as forced and awkward, but she's savvy enough to make the transition feel natural. Part of this is due to the inherent warmth
    in her voice -- it always seems to be singing with a smile, even when she's sliding into sarcasm ("Nice Guys") or sadness ("Try") -- but she's
    also a fine craftswoman, relying not just on superficial hooks but constructed compositions, a trait that means Gypsy Heart, like all her
    albums, wears well. It also means that the barely disguised attempts to chase trends -- "Never Gonna Let You Down" bounces to the Mumford & Sons
    folk syncopation that's practically obligatory in 2014 -- are ingratiating, even if their transparency is no less egregious. That's the key to
    Colbie Caillat's appeal: she radiates good vibes so strongly, none of her calculated commercial considerations feels cold. And, as the sleekly
    modern Gypsy Heart proves, her charms are beguiling no matter her setting.

    posted this as a single back in July
    I still like it:
    in fact I now love it

    Track Listing

    1. Live It Up
    2. Blaze
    3. If You Love Me Let Me Go
    4. Try
    5. Never Gonna Let You Down
    6. Land Called Far Away
    7. Nice Guys
    8. Floodgates
    9. Just Like That
    10. Break Free
    11. Never Getting Over You
    12. Bigger Love
    Last edited by Music Head; 16-10-2014 at 11:59.
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