Brandi Carlile shines and lingers on ‘In These Silent Days’

The opening ballad is a hard trick to pull off on an album. Carlile usually goes with folky barnburners like ‘Wherever Is Your Heart’ on The Firewatcher’s Daughter or ‘Looking Out’ on Give Up the Ghost to jumpstart her LPs, and even when she slows it down, there’s still an underlying drive, like on ‘Every Time I Hear That Song’ on By the Way, I Forgive You. But ‘Right On Time’ is slow, deliberate, and emotional, daring you to flinch at the lack of flash or propulsive energy. It sets an appropriate mood for the forthcoming album, one that will hop genres and subvert expectations for fans and newbies alike. Source: Brandi Carlile shines and lingers on ‘In These Silent Days’