REVIEW – Colbie Caillat – All of You - Universal Republic
Caillat co-wrote every tune on the album with different famous, mostly behind-the-scenes songsmiths.
The singer’s father, Ken Caillat, co-produced two of Fleetwood Mac’s biggest albums, “Rumours” and “Tusk” and that early inspiration has always showed in her music but nothing like the first tune on this album, “Brighter Than the Sun.” It could easily fit on most Buckingham/Nicks-Mac projects. It’s also her latest single from the CD. It easily reflects that silly-willy-in-love drug that changes the directions of our lives – It’s an irresistible pop tune.
“I Do” looks at a common movie theme of a lone-wolf who loves that, sometimes narcissistic, freedom but fate has different plans. With it’s almost 50’s vibe the tune tells the story of that chance meeting that changes everything. This was also picked as the first single, released before the album in February.
Caillat has a more serious, sultry, feel on “Before I Let You Go.” It’s another example of that trademark hypnotic effect that the singer soaks every chorus with. It’s pretty easy to sing out load.
At the 2009 Grammy’s she met rapper Common and to their surprise there was loads of mutual admiration. So she played with him and “Favorite Song” is Common returning the favor. Though an unlikely pairing, the rap fits and Colbie doesn’t sound out of place mostly because it’s more a Caillat song than a Common tune.
“What If,” like “I Do” preceded the album. It’s sounds like a romantic movie ditty because it is. You can find it on the movie “Letters to Juliet.”
I heard Fleetwood Mac again in “Shadow.” Not only in it’s “Rumour” break-up mode but the guitar sounds like Lindsay Buckingham, really though, it’s a damn catchy tune.
The title tune shows the mistakes we almost always have to make to reach trust in love. In this case reading your sweeties letters to an ex and wondering what the hell else is going on. Caillat gently asks for forgiveness and understanding.
In the age of many failed manifesters “Dream Life, Life” looks realistically at how our dreams are never wrong but sometimes invisible right in front of us. It’s all in the doing even if your dream is misguided – just do something.Colbie Caillat is standing firmer on the ground with this album. It’s as if she really means the words she’s singing and that’s always a good thing for anyone. – by John Beaudin - Review Courtesy of Rock History Book.com
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