In just a few days, Sara Bareilles will release her long-awaited new album, Amidst The Chaos. Following singles “Armor,” “Fire,” “No Such Thing,” and “Saint Honesty,” Sara is adding to the excitement with more previews. Today, Sara shared a clip of her song “If I Can’t Have You,” which she co-wrote with Aaron Sterling and Emily King; Emily also sings on the track.
Based on the song preview, “If I Can’t Have You” sounds like an homage to the 1960s. Sara excels in this old-school soulful vibe, and Emily’s backing vocals add to that rich sound. The clip opens with drums, and the clear chime of piano and guitar give this track a lot of breathing room. It sounds earthy and warm, just like Sara promised. “If I Can’t Have You” is an uptempo groove with a delicate, longing edge. Based on the lyrics, fans would naturally think this is a breakup song meant for someone you still love. But fans would be wrong. Sara told an audience last month that it was actually inspired by the Obamas.
Hear the preview of “If I Can’t Have You” below:
You can pre-order Amidst The Chaos and get instant downloads of the four released singles. You’ll get “Armor,” “Fire,” “No Such Thing,” and “Saint Honesty” now, with the remaining eight songs coming on April 5th.
The album will include 12 new songs (which of the 13 songs Sara recorded didn’t make the cut?). Sara has recently performed the new songs in intimate concerts around the United States. You can hear the live previews online, but here at Hidden Jams we’re waiting for the album to drop first. Check out the full tracklisting for Amidst The Chaos below:
- No Such Thing
- If I Can’t Have You
- Eyes On You
- Miss Simone
- Wicked Love
- Poetry By Dead Men
- Someone Who Loves Me
- Saint Honesty
- A Safe Place To Land (feat. John Legend)
Amidst The Chaos was produced by T Bone Burnett. Fittingly, the new music has a rootsy sound and will touch on politics, Obama, and love (for Obama, but also for Sara’s boyfriend, Joe Tippett). The imminent album will be Sara’s first in six years.
Sara’s last standard studio album, The Blessed Unrest, came out in July 2013. Though it’s been half a decade already, Sara has certainly kept busy with other projects. It started in 2015, when Sara released a book, Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) In Song. That year also launched Sara’s career in musicals.
Sara composed all the songs for a musical called Waitress, which debuted in Boston in summer 2015. That November, a selection of those new songs appeared on Sara’s themed album, What’s Insides: Songs From Waitress. In 2016, Waitress went to Broadway; in 2017 – and again in 2018 – Sara took on the lead role of Jenna. She played Jenna for a third time earlier this year, and just finished her run in February.
Sara Bareilles is now also preparing a new TV show called Little Voice – not only a nod to her album of the same name, but also the title track she wrote 15 years ago. “Little Voice” will serve as the upcoming fall show’s theme. Perhaps the song will finally see an official release? We hope so!
Amongst the whirlwind of activity, fans have patiently awaited a new record. At this point, we won’t have to wait much longer! Catch up on all we know about the new record so far while we wait for Amidst The Chaos to drop in just a few days.
Enjoy the new clip of “If I Can’t Have You,” and get ready to hear Amidst The Chaos in full on April 5th! Keep checking back here for all the latest Sara Bareilles music news.
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