Ingrid Michaelson - Everybody

Much has made of Ingrid Michaelson’s success despite not being signed to a label, and also of her music’s appearance on TV shows like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “One Tree Hill”. The odd thing is that despite her independence, this is the kind of middle-of-the-road record that any major label would allow an artist to make, and indeed the music is eminently suitable to be background music, given that the album comes and goes without leaving any lasting impression.

One track, “Sort Of” sounds a bit like Regina Spektor’s “Us” with flowing piano arpeggios and strings, but none of the charm of Spektor’s quirky mannerisms. “Everybody” has a laid back, bouncy, Jason Mraz feel and saccharine lyrics - but sounds even more generic than Mraz. There’s nothing here that sounds unique, nothing to hook into on repeat listens, either vocally or musically. It’s a shame, given that the album begins on a high with “Soldier”, complete with catchy chorus and driving beat that so much of the remainder sounds utterly generic.

This is a pleasant album, nothing more, nothing less. There’s a rumour that Lilith Fair will be returning in 2010. She’ll be perfect. Early afternoon slot, decent without ever being exciting.

Overall

5

out of 10

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