Colbie Caillat and Matt Nathanson are artists on the rise. Caillat’s latest CD, “All Of You” and Nathanson’s “Modern Love” are available now.
Colbie Caillat and Matt Nathanson are artists on the rise.
Caillat’s latest CD, “All Of You” and Nathanson’s “Modern Love” are available now.
“All Of You” is Caillat’s third album, and perhaps her best yet. Her bubbly song “Bubbly” was the surprise hit of the summer 2007. Ever since, she has been trying to capture that success. That’s the problem with having such a big hit out of the gate:?Everything after is compared to it.
Caillat’s new music finds her a bit more playful. It’s like her last release, “Breakthrough,” but with a step up in tempo with an overall feel of more fun.
I liked her music before, but I believe this record shows growth, maturity and promise.
“I Do” was released earlier this summer, but it’s her new track, “Brighter Than The Sun,” that does it for me. This song is worthy of repeated listens. It compares to early Sheryl Crow, but it’s fun and airy — just what Caillat needed to do with her music.
“Favorite Song,” featuring rapper Common, has potential to become my favorite track. It shows her a bit out of her comfort zone, while not forgetting who she is.
Other noteworthy tracks include “Dream Life, Life,” “Think Good Thoughts” and “What Means The Most.”
Nathanson’s new album, “Modern Love,” is his eighth. Like Caillat, this may be the one that makes people stop and listen to how good he is.
You might remember his hit ballad, “Come On Get Higher,” from his previous album, “Some Great Hope.” That song was a perfect 10 in my book. It had it all — great lyrics, musicianship, and delivery. Nathanson seemed destined for stardom.
With “Modern Love,” no one has to wonder any longer if he’ll break through to the mainstream. This album should prove he will. The first single, “Faster,” is a clear indication.
The first time I heard “Faster” I was reminded of George Michael’s “Faith” song. It has a familiar, playful acoustic guitar, too. Then you notice just how good a singer Nathanson is. “Faster” should become a big hit.
Nathanson’s talent has blossomed nicely. As you listen to “Love Comes Tumbling Down,” “Kept,” “Drop To Hold You” and “Run,” a song featuring Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, you can see the fruits of his hard work.
David T. Farr is a Sturgis (Mich.) Journal correspondent. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find The Farr Side on Facebook.