Fresh Music Fridays: Ingrid Michaelson (Album Review)

Fans of Ingrid Michaelson have been anxiously awaiting the release of her new album. On January 24, their wishes were fulfilled with the release of Michaelson’s fifth album, Human Again. The album’s first single, “Ghost” is sitting steady on the Top iTunes charts this week. This album casts away all the cute charades of her past hits and brings powerful string arrangements and bolder lyrics. Ingrid has matured vocally; bravely letting go of her previous pretty pop sound. With songs like “This is War”, Michaelson is breaking away from mainstream quos that garnered her success and made her music a fixture on popular television shows. Human Again showcases a new tone and attitude in her musical journey and life.

As I pressed play, I was hoping for an entire album of sappy slow love lullabies like those of her past works, but she surprised me. It was a pleasant surprise that won me over instantly. The album opens with “Fire” a fun and strong introduction to her new avenue. Her anthem, “Do It Now” is a declaration to a new beginning in her life. The fifth time around Michaelson lets fans in on heavier themes and stronger emotions that many will find relatable. Don’t fear die hard fans, you can still find hints of her old self in slower tracks. Old fans like me will be drawn to love songs like “End of the World” where she asks her lover, “At the end of the world will you find me so that we can go together?”

I saw Ingrid Michaelson in Nashville on the heels of the success of 2007’s Boys and Girls. She was charming with her down-to-earth persona how could you not love a pop star with thick black rimmed glasses! I hope she passes through again this year as I am eager to hear her new sound live. I give Human Again Three and a Half Stars and that’s why Ingrid Michaelson is this Friday’s Fresh Music Artist. I encourage you to check out her new album and let me know what you think.

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