• Muzik First


Brandi Carlile releases the follow-up to her Grammy-winning "By the Way, I Forgive You" with her new album, titled "In These Silent Days," which includes the first single, "Right on Time." The strength of 2018's "By the Way, I Forgive You" opened new doors for the hometown girl who used to pack them in at a little Queen Anne pub. The stages grew more prominent, the spotlights brighter. "In These Silent Days" was conceived of while Carlile was quarantined at home with longtime collaborators and bandmates Tim and Phil Hanseroth. The ten songs chronicle acceptance, faith, loss and love and channel icons like David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Elton John and Joni Mitchell - the latter two who, by some sort of cosmic alignment of the stars, have turned out to be close friends in addition to being her biggest heroes and inspirations. Song after song is fitted out with Joni Mitchell touches, from the innocent fingerpicked melancholy of "This Time Tomorrow" recalling "The Circle Game" to the ebullient "Big Yellow Taxi"/"This Flight Tonight" strumming fueling "You and Me on the Rock" to the vocal inflections that Carlile deploys with both pinpoint accuracy and emotive effectiveness on "When You're Wrong," "Throwing Good After Bad," and others.