Who Should Buy This: People who love the beach, acoustic guitar, island culture, and summertime. Also: fans of female vocalists with lower registers. Altos ftw
Album: The Malibu Sessions
Artist: Colbie Caillat
Genre: acoustic, indie, pop
Music Rating: 8/10
Lyrics Rating: 8/10
Sounds Like: Ingrid Michaelson, Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson
Best thing About this Album: The acoustic guitars and general sunshine-y vibe.
One thing I wish was different: The ocean sounds were a bit gimmicky for me. Give me some acoustic guitar, not some artificial ambience to help me “relax” or “set the mood”. I’ve lived in CA. I’ve been to the ocean. I don’t need fabricated sounds to set the scene. I get it. You’re in Malibu. Congratulations. Remember how you were supposed to be playing music? A little subtlety goes a long way. Just saying.
Website: Colbie Caillat
Favorites: Goldmine, Like Tomorrow Never Comes, Never Got Away, I Don’t Wanna Love You
Parental Guidance: Cruisin’ says “all day long be cruisin’ ’round naked” in the first verse (in reference to being 6yrs old? Didn’t quite follow that). Only You says “whenever you taste the way that I taste” in the first verse.
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.
Despite it’s October release date, this album is all about the California summer vibes, through and through (though it’s also a bit island-y in general). This album is like a shot of sunshine to the soul with a laid-back approach to life and love. This album stays classically Colbie, making brilliant use of her extensive lower range in wonderfully layered harmonies. There is also a beautifully seamless fusion of acoustic and electric guitars that will make you sway in the imaginary ocean breeze. In case all of that has somehow left you wanting, there is some ukulele to light up your ears and make your face go: 😍! Here are some of my favorite lines from each track to give you an idea of what this album is like lyrically.
“The song that is on is the sound of my soul.” — Gypsy Heart
“If all I had was a dollar and your bright smile, I’d have a dollar more than I would need to get by.” — Goldmine
“We’ll be free on island time.” — Cruisin’
“We don’t know what the tide brings. That could be a good thing.” — Like Tomorrow Never Comes
“Only you can keep me falling like a summer rain.” — Only You
“We’re right where we belong. We got a good thing going on.” — Good Thing
“Life was slowly passing by ’til I had you here by my side.” — Runnin
“If you stay, maybe you could be the one that never got away.” — Never Got Away
“I want to touch the spark, but I’m safer in the dark” — Don’t Wanna Love You
“I want to fall in love again, but this time with no regrets. ” — In Love Again
“If you want to go, stay. If you want to run, wait.” — Now
That’s it. If you loved these songs as much as I did, please consider supporting Colbie Caillat 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.