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Human Again
Ingrid Michaelson
Although she's part of the female pop intelligentsia, Ingrid Michaelson has taken a very 21st century route to mass acceptance. Her music has graced television programmes including Grey's Anatomy and One Tree Hill, films and commercials for Google Chrome and Ritz crackers, and even Cheryl Cole notched up a top five single with a version of Michaelson's Parachute. Human Again begins brilliantly with strings and piano introducing Michaelson, intoning "Oh-pen / Heart / Surgery," before a walloping chorus, more of those strings and thumping and echo-laden drums take over. For the opener's new-love uplift, Keep Warm's cosiness and the way Michaelson can craft an instantly memorable chorus is remarkable. Ribbons forensically picks over relationship detritus, Do It Now anticipates relationship demise, and How We Love grapples with relationship misunderstandings. When a relationship survives on End Of The World, the world does indeed end around it. But as much as Michaelson catalogues relationships obsessively, she's less self-indulgent and full of flair than her lyrical gloom threatens. In The Sea and Blood Brothers have layers of nuanced meaning, while she takes impish delight in musical curveballs such as Black and Blue's near-electro thump. Intelligent female singer-songwriters, albeit ones lavishly produced by David Kahne (the only man alive to have produced Paul McCartney and Lana Del Rey), have been around, but as with the manner in which she rose, lyrically deep and musically adventurous, Michaelson has it all.

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