It Doesn’t Have to Make Sense by Ingrid Michaelson

Who Should Buy This: Introspective people and long-time Ingrid fans. I also think that this album tilts towards the feminine perspective (i.e. Miss America).
Album: It Doesn’t Have to Make Sense
Artist: Ingrid Michaelson
Genre: indie, pop, singer-songwriter
Music Rating: 8/10
Lyrics Rating: 8/10
Sounds Like: Rachel Platten, Regina Spektor, Sara Bareilles
Best thing About this Album: The introspection, connection to emotions, and diversity of humanity on display throughout the album.
One thing I wish was different: There are parts of this album that felt a little disjointed to me. I think that’s kind of the point — It Doesn’t Have to Make Sense! But it still threw me for a loop here and there. (As much as I wanted to jump on board with “Celebrate”, I was so lost on musical references! Feel free to enlighten me via the comment section.)
Website: Ingrid Michaelson

Tracks: 10
*Singles: 3
Parental Guidance: There is a song called “Hell No”. It (predictably) prominently features the phrase “Hell No”. The song “Drink You Gone” offers an emotional parallel referencing drinking, smoking (kind of), eating your feelings, sleeping in, etc.
square logo Favorites: Whole Lot of Heart, Miss America, Still the One <<<Very favorite
This is a playlist of all of the songs from the album that will automatically play through the whole album. To skip to a particular song, click on the menu icon in the upper left-hand corner.

If you’re an early Ingrid fan, you’re not going to be disappointed with this album. It’s still classic Ingrid Michaelson, even while the music and thoughts evolve and mature to keep up with modern music and new experiences. This album offers a wide emotional (and musical) range from adorable love songs, to those dealing with loss, and a lot of the emotional pieces of humanity in between. Here are some of my favorite lines from each track!

“You taught me what a life is for. To see that ordinary isn’t.” – Light Me Up

“There’s a whole lot of heart in me. I feel it under my skin.” – Whole Lot of Heart

“I don’t need a crown to make me a queen.” – Miss America

“It’s in the galaxies and all the history books. I think we shared another life.” – Another Life

“I remember her so well, but things they fade.” – I Remember Her

“How do broken hearts get strong?” – Drink You Gone

“I’ll never be the one to make you better. Whatever.” – Hell No

“I got the music. You got the moves. I’m still the one that’s in love with you.” – Still the One

“This is the music that makes me better.” – Celebrate

“Heaven help the ones who fly away. Heaven help the ones who have to stay.” – Old Days

That’s it. If you loved these songs as much as me, please consider supporting Ingrid Michaelson by purchasing the album from her website or on your favorite digital music store (iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon, etc.)

And holler at me in the comments! I’d love to talk to you all about this album.

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