Album Review: We’re Growing Up by Brandi Carlile Band

Album Name: We’re Growing Up
Artist: Brandi Carlile Band
Year/Label: 2003 / Independent

Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

This CD starts out with what sounds like a drunk girl singing “Silver Cloud” into an answering machine. Then when the actual “Silver Cloud” hits you, it really hits you.

This is Carlile’s first full-length release. Her site describes the music as “agro punky pop rock” which I guess I can agree with (even though I’m not sure what the “agro” part means). Some songs have a bit of a hard edge to them as well.

Brandi’s voice is a powerhouse. I know she reminds me of someone but I can’t place it. Dare I say a tad of Avril Lavigne? Yep, that’s it, but more mature. I don’t think that’s a bad thing. There’s room for everyone…but definitely room for Carlile.

“Glory” has radio-hit written all over it.

“Tired” has a cool melody and here her voice is at its Avril-est.

I’ve never been a big fan of the screaming that sounds like it hurts…ala Janis Joplin so “Somewhere Along the Way” is slightly bothersome to me. It honestly sounds like she’s wrecking her voice. I know some people enjoy that, it just sounds too painful to me. I want to give her a lozenge.

She also has this thing where she pronounces “s” like “sh”, that tends to be distracting to me as well. Though some might find it endearing.

I will say that she does the pretty ballad very well. Her voice is really very good. On her slower, softer songs such as “Until l I Die” (which is my favorite here) “Wasted” and “Caroline” this really stands out.

Her lyrics are smart and emotional…very well thought out and well written.

I can see her becoming very popular as long as she gains the exposure she should.

Posted on October 19, 2003

Track Listing
1. Silver cloud
2. Glory
3. Tired
4. Until I die
5. Turpentine
6. Wasted
7. Somewhere along the way
8. Again Today
9. Caroline
10. Last one to Know

[Brandi Carlile Band Official Site]

Comments:

Rating: 5 Stars
Comment: This CD is simply amazing as well as all of her others. i fell inlove with her the first song i heard.
By Miles K on Wednesday, October 5, 2005

Rating: 5 Stars
Comment: I heard Brandi Carlile perform a few songs live and I fell in love with her music, but I haven’t been able to find her CD “We’re Grwoing Up” anywhere. Any suggestions on where I might be able to get this cd?
name: Mal on Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Hey peeps, I am in contact with her people to see where you can buy this, I will update the page as soon as I know

Rating: 5 Stars
Personally I love this CD as well as her two previous ones. I have been of fan of Brandi’s for years and will continue to be. I can listen to her sing forever and listen to her albums non-stop. I reccomend you see her in a samll, intimate, setting like she plays now before you have to pay a bunch to see play bigger venues.
~TH
Rating: 5 Stars
Brandi sounds sooo much better than avril. Brandi definitely will surpass any artist in talent. She is just amazing and her voice is beautiful. She is a ticking timebomb waiting to explode into the mainstream.
~K

I agree, she is better than Avril, I just mentioned it because she reminded me of her. Lots of people like Avril and if that makes people listen to Brandi I’m all for it. :)
~Amy

Rating: 5 Stars
Avril? give me a break. I can’t listen to Avril’s CD non-stop like I do with Brandi’s. There’s something much more to Brandi than any of the pop tarts her age.
~LH

4 comments for “Album Review: We’re Growing Up by Brandi Carlile Band

  1. AP
    October 2, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Hey, Just wanted to check in with the individual who left the message about being in touch with Brandi’s people to purcahse the CD “We’re Growing Up”. Any news yet? Thanks for checking. I’m also looking for albums “Room For Me” And “Open Doors”. If anyone has any info that would be great.

  2. Amy
    October 3, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Honestly? I’d forgotten all about it. Apparently, I contacted them and they didn’t answer me. Now that she’s big time, she’s with other representation so I’m afraid that angle is no longer useful (not that my contact person was all that helpful anyway, apparently!)

    Sorry!!

  3. Amy
    October 3, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Wow, I just did a search, and turns out, I could make a house payment if I sold mine.

    http://billsmusicforum.blogspot.com/2007/12/rare-cd-brandi-carlile-band-were.html

  4. Aimee
    March 29, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Amy, Let me know if you’re ready to make that house payment. I would be willing to help out.

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