Brandi Carlile is part of the Citi Sound Vault series at the Palladium
What do you expect from the deadest of dead genre’s, Contemporary Mainstream Rock And Roll? Or a radio station that went from where rock live to where rock died?
The thing about all these acts is they define ordinary, never gonna be superstars but fast the first couple of hurdles where they can be part and parcel of some sort of 2010s revival tour in 2023, all they need is three hit songs and they are in, five hit songs and they can headline, ten and they aren’t on the nostalgia circuit at all.
The Way I Am – Ingrid Michaelson – I’m not a big fan but Taylor swift is (she was seen dancing in the wings of Ingrid’s Summerstage gig earlier this year and so did Caroline Kole who covered this 2007 hit to great effect at the Bitter End. It is a very sweet, very catchy track – B+
I am enough of a pop fan to give big props to DeRulo and Pharrell, two of the best albums of the years may only have girls on the mind but who doesn’t only have girls on the mind and if all you want is to give props to the playas, do it this well and you’ll get no kick from me.