What's Inside: Songs from Waitress

What's Inside: Songs from Waitress

by Sara Bareilles
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Of all the pop singer/songwriters who surfaced in the 21st century, Sara Bareilles may be uniquely qualified to write the songs for a Broadway musical. Indebted to tradition without being beholden to it, Bareilles always favors songs so exquisitely sculpted that their craft is never noticed, only felt, so she's a natural fit for Diane Paulus' adaptation of Adrienne Shelly's 2007 indie comedy-drama Waitress. What's Inside: Songs from Waitress isn't a cast album, it's Bareilles' recording of 12 songs from the production, and the highest compliment that can be paid is that it simultaneously plays as drama and as a sequel to her Grammy-nominated 2013 album The Blessed Unrest. Bright and open, What's Inside does feel of a piece with her 2010 album Kaleidoscope Heart -- the presence of that album's producer Neal Avron, who sat out The Blessed Unrest, is apparent -- and that warm, colorful sheen is enough to make the album play as pop: simply judged on its surface, it provides tangible pleasures. The nifty trick Bareilles pulls off on What's Inside is how the songs also contain a double-edge, serving the drama of the story while also playing as pure pop. Sure, there are flourishes that are pure musical theater -- there's the opening fanfare of "What's Inside." "Never Ever Getting Rid of Me" is Gilbert & Sullivan by way of Todd Rundgren and the show-stopping ballad "She Used to Be Mine" almost seems to conjure a lonely spotlight -- but never once do the songs on What's Inside feel in mere service to a plot. Taken on their own, they're lively, clever, and bold, and further evidence of Bareilles' versatility, elegance, and wit.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/06/2015
Label: Epic
UPC: 0888751606326
catalogNumber: 516063
Rank: 20291

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sara Bareilles   Primary Artist,Piano
Neal Avron   Cello
Jack Daley   Bass
Rich Mercurio   Drums
Zac Rae   Keyboards
Jason Mraz   Vocals
Aaron Sterling   Drums
Lee Nadel   Bass
Blake Mills   Guitar
Jared Scharff   Guitar
Yair Evnine   Viola
Nadia DiGiallonardo   Piano,Background Vocals
Kallie Ciechomski   Violin
Digiallonardo Sisters   Background Vocals
Daniela DiGiallonardo   Background Vocals
Christine DiGiallonardo   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Neal Avron   Producer,Engineer
Erich Talaba   Engineer
Sara Bareilles   Composer
Elizabeth Ziman   String Arrangements
Yair Evnine   String Arrangements

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What's Inside: Songs from Waitress 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
arlp100 More than 1 year ago
Pure perfection from one of our best singer/songwriters. Have seen the play three time now, twice with Sara herself in the lead. I can't watch the movie now without this soundtrack playing in my mind!