Ingrid Michaelson is an artist that I’ve known of for a while, I discovered her music back when I found Sara Bareilles and Jason Mraz. Yet, none of her songs have ever been in any of my playlists. Sure there were a couple of songs (“You and I” and “Turn My Heart to Stone”) that stayed in my mind but for some reason I never made a real connection with her music. That all changed with the release of It Doesn’t Have to Make Sense.
Her newest album caught me completely off guard; my heart just wasn’t ready to go on this ride. The first track kicks the ride off on a strong note. Ingrid’s vocals are breathtaking with how full of emotion they are. There’s a break in the middle of the song that caught my breath in my chest and brought chills down my spine. The song is worth a listen for that moment alone.
It’s when the tears started rolling down my face during “I Remember Her” that I realized that this album was special. It’s when I heard the following lyrics that I realized how genuine her words were:
She would kiss my hand
She would kiss my head
And she’d fall asleep with me
In my tiny bed
She would sing me lullabies
Gave me my hazel eyes
And then she called me beautiful
She made me beautiful
The song is about the loss of her mother and with every note sung my heart ached for her. I had just finished wiping my tears away when “Drink You Gone” started and the tears picked up right where they left off.
I can’t drink you gone
I can’t smoke you out
I can’t eat away, the way that you ate my heart out
Like a sinking ship while the band plays on
When I dream you’re there, I can’t even sleep you gone
How do broken hearts get strong?
Tell me, how do broken hearts get strong?
With this album, Ingrid Michaelson found the perfect way to balance within the heart-wrenching songs and the catchy-chorus pop songs. She brought the smile back to my face with “Hell No” and “Celebrate”. I’ve listened to the album over 15 times and I have yet to find a song that I get tired of.
Though the album is titled It Doesn’t Have to Make Sense, every single song within this album makes complete sense. Some songs are complete opposites of each other but they all fit perfectly within the narrative that Ingrid created. As a whole, the album is about love and loss; it’s about survival when the cards are stacked against you, it’s about loving despite your broken heart, it’s about empowerment, it’s about confidence in your imperfections, it’s about celebrating the moments in between the tears, it’s about moving on and being stronger because of it.
Final thoughts: I have been a stupid, stupid fool for not paying closer attention to Ingrid Michaelson and her undeniable talent. This album has been on repeat since it was released and I make no apologies for it. I urge you, no – I demand that you go and buy this album. Go on this musical ride, I promise you’ll end up better for it. By the end of the third listen, Ingrid had managed to patch up some of my deepest heart breaks.