Once Upon Another Time (EP, Explicit)
Released: May 2012
This EP serves many purposes. First, it's meant to tide over fans waiting for Bareilles' fourth album. Second, it's meant to introduce us to a new Sara sound, one doused in lush strings and sweeping synths. Third, Once Upon Another Time gave Bareilles a chance to work with pal Ben Folds, who produced. Folds helps her stretch her languorous vocals across new environs (the epically lovely title track) and new moods (the biting "Sweet as Whole"). If much of the album is rather Foldsian (and at times, maybe Sarah McLachlan-esque), Bareilles has the presence to make it her own.
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