I missed Sara Bareilles.
It’s been 5 entire years since her last album. Though yes, she tried to trick us by being a part of Waitress the Musical and by releasing “If I Dare”. The truth is that she hasn’t released new music sine 2013. I’ve overplayed The Blessed Unrest and have rewatched all of her live performances on YouTube for the entirety of the last five years and I am ready for new music.
You see, The Blessed Unrest felt like therapy. That entire album was the epitome of perfection and it now feels embedded in me; I am grateful. Sara Bareilles has made an art out of helping us feel whole again and she continues to lend a helping hand with “Armor”.
To all the dirty looks, the kitty cat calls
To the ones who try and throw us up against the back walls
Let me tell you something you’ll understand:
Only the little boys tell you they’re a big man
To all my sisters and all our friends
We have to thank them, please
Strength means blessed with an enemy
“Armor” is the kind of song I need for the really bad days. It’s the kind of song that will help me get out of bed. It’s the kind of song that will make you dance when all you want to do is cry. It’s the kind of song that will make you want to call up your girlfriends. This song feels like the kind of magic that you want to bottle up.
I know the world is a chaotic mess at the moment but Sara Bareilles always seems to find to heal all the broken pieces of yourself that you keep forgetting to care for. I know that a song doesn’t fix what we see on a daily news cycle but it sure makes the crazy rollercoaster a bit more bearable. Sara Bareilles is absolutely necessary to survive. Her music is like the kind of therapy that happens when you finally have a breakthrough and her lyrics are like the kind life instructions that take you to the perfect hidden paradise. She came back at the perfect time and I hope she feels our welcoming arms.
Step three: I see
The unforgettable, incredible ones who came before me
Brought poetry, brought science
Sowed quiet seeds of self-reliance
Bloom in me, so here I am
You think I am high and mighty, mister?
Wait ’til you meet my little sister
Sara Bareilles has masterfully created a life anthem. “Armor” has a hint of songs from The Blessed Unrest but also has a new life of its own. This new chapter for Sara Bareilles is about to be iconic and I can’t wait to be along for the ride.
Thank you for the life anthems Sara.
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