When people ask me, “If you could listen to one album for the rest of your life, what album would that be?” I don’t hesitate when replying with “The Blessed Unrest by Sara Bareilles”. To me, The Blessed Unrest feels like a perfect collection of songs. It perfectly describes the kind of heartbreak that feels unbearable while reminding you how you’ll eventually get through the pain.
Now the question about the one album just became a bit more difficult.
Rozzi just released Bad Together and it gave me the kind of chills down the spine that The Blessed Unrest gave me when I first listened to it. Bad Together feels like the first page on the next chapter of your life. It feels like a collection of songs that are perfect for any and all occasions. I found myself getting emotional and feeling inspired from one song to the next and it feels absolutely necessary that everyone listen to this album immediately.
I fall in love with words. It may be why I listen to Sara Bareilles so often hoping to find the hidden solution to existing while feeling like you’re falling apart. It also could be why I listen to Johnnyswim on repeat as I try to catch their best metaphors. Rozzi has created songs with the kind of lyrics that could break you open and help put you back together, all at the same time.
Always saying things you didn’t mean
Took me for granted
Expecting me to find the in-between
But that night that I told you that I wouldn’t marry you
Swear I could feel from the floor to the ceiling
Your walls came up
Rozzi bared her heart in this album and you can hear it with every breath she takes. She has created the kind of songs that make you feel like you’re reading someone’s diary.
I thought about leaving so I know how it ends
Disappear without a trace
Losing you, but saving face
Our flame caught slow, now it’s burning higher
It’s not that I’m afraid of heights
It’s just that I’m afraid of fire
And honestly, I hate how you make me feel
‘Cause I like being in control
And you like making me let go
“Bad Together” feels like the kind of song that I’ll be playing when I need a good and ugly cry; I’d like to apologize to my roommate in advance. This song stopped me in my tracks when I listened to the album at work on Friday. It had me replaying it before it was over, it had me turning up the volume so that I wouldn’t miss a word and it made me extremely grateful that Rozzi is able to create music.
It was the Fourth of July
We caught the very last flight
I put my head on your shoulder
To watch all the fireworks light up the sky
Tell me, did you know it then
What you’re saying tonight
That you’re too much of a mess to be giving your best
And I’m sorry, goodbye?
This song truly showcases Rozzi’s storytelling and if you ever want to feel your heart jump out of your chest, then this is the song for you.
“66 Days” feels like the inner complicated monologue that deserves a solo dance party. It is a confusing relationship wrapped within a catchy chorus and an uptempo beat.
66 days since I’ve seen your face
But if we tried again, nah, would it all just be the same?
66 days of praying we’ve changed
‘Cause baby I’m afraid, nah, I’m just built this way
I don’t remember when I first found Rozzi’s music but I do remember feeling absolutely floored when I heard her astounding vocals when she sang “Half The Man”. I remember the ache in her voice, I remember the way she made me hold my breath, I remember how I absolutely needed more music from her immediately. Her journey in the music industry has not been an easy one and I have no idea who hurt her when she wrote these songs, but I hope she’s feeling grateful for it all right now. She has created a phenomenal work of art and she is actively changing hearts when people come across her music.
Bad Together feels important. This album is a piece of someone’s heart and it deserves to be listened to with care. It is worthy of standing side by side with The Blessed Unrest by Sara Bareilles because it is lyrically extraordinary and it’s the kind of music that helps heal the soul. So kick off your week with this amazing album, I guarantee that you won’t regret it.