Last Friday, Sara Bareilles released her new live album, Amidst The Chaos: Live At The Hollywood Bowl. In the past month, we’d already gotten to hear Sara’s opening performance (an intro of “Orpheus” with her single “Fire”), her Waitress ballad “She Used To Be Mine,” and her jaw-dropping mashup of “No Such Thing” with “Satellite Call.” On Friday, to celebrate the full album’s release, Sara shared the live video for her 2013 hit single, “Brave.” Now, we get to see another video from the concert, this time for her Amidst The Chaos single “Armor.”
“Armor” is a low-key but fierce song, and it contains ample space for musical embellishments. In this performance at the Hollywood Bowl, Sara plays the rumbling piano and croons her fiery message. Filling out the sound, her band plays violin, cello, guitar, keys, drums, and more. It creates for a rich and nuanced sound that only amplifies the stunning song.
Watch the video for “Armor” live at the Hollywood Bowl below:
Amidst The Chaos: Live At The Hollywood Bowl is out now, so be sure to stream or buy the album. The album is available digitally, as a double CD, and as a triple LP. Although a DVD and full video streaming are not available, with the recent videos for “Brave” and “Armor,” it’s possible we may get to see it all before too long.
Amidst The Chaos: Live At The Hollywood Bowl includes all of the songs Sara performed at that November 2019 concert in Los Angeles. Check out the full tracklisting:
- “Orpheus” / “Fire”
- “Poetry For Dead Men”
- “Eyes On You”
- “I Choose You”
- “Love Song”
- “If I Can’t Have You” (with Emily King)
- “Miss Simone”
- “Someone Who Loves Me” (with the Milk Carton Kids)
- “A Soft Place To Land” (with Butterfly Boucher and Misty Boyce)
- “You Matter To Me” (with Solomon Dorsey)
- “Bad Idea” (with Butterfly Boucher)
- “She Used To Be Mine”
- “No Such Thing” / “Satellite Call”
- “Let The Rain”
- “King Of Anything”
- “Orpheus” (with T Bone Burnett)
- “Saint Honesty”
Listen to the full album below!
EPs of Previously Unreleased Songs
This new live album isn’t the only thing fans can enjoy this year! In early March, Sara casually mentioned her plans to release a few EPs of previously unreleased songs. Wow! In case you didn’t know, Sara has tons of unreleased songs. We have a long list of songs she’s played live, demos that have leaked, and names we’ve heard over the years. There are likely many more songs we don’t know about, too. You can check out our (hopefully mostly accurate) list of unreleased Sara songs here, and let us know what you’re most hoping to hear on the EPs! We’re praying for “Goodbye Song,” “Lights Down,” and “Only Shadows,” among others.
We’re also not sure how many EPs Sara plans to release or how the songs will be divided. Our guess (hope?) is one EP of leftover songs from each album era. Imagine hearing the songs that were left off of Little Voice, the ones that didn’t make it onto Kaleidoscope Heart, and the songs not on The Blessed Unrest? And if there were any leftovers from Amidst The Chaos, that could make four EPs in total. We shall see!
Last September, Sara put out her special album, More Love: Songs From Little Voice Season One. As the title suggests, these are songs she wrote that were featured in her lovely Apple TV+ series, Little Voice. While Sara originally wrote some of the songs 15+ years ago, others are newer compositions specifically written for the show.
In many ways, we at Hidden Jams largely think of More Love as its own kind of rarities collection. Several of the songs were leftovers from previous albums. We all know the story behind “Little Voice,” a song that should have been on the 2007 album of the same name. Similarly, “Simple And True” was a song Sara wrote years ago and never released.
Although Sara re-recorded all of the songs last summer, More Love is like a precursor to the upcoming EPs of previously unreleased songs.
More Music From Sara
Prior to More Love, Sara’s last studio album was Amidst The Chaos, released in April 2019. It launched the singles “Armor” and “Fire,” plus promo singles “No Such Thing” and “Saint Honesty.” Later that year, Sara also released the EP, What’s Not Inside: The Lost Songs From Waitress. It followed Sara’s 2015 album, What’s Inside: Songs From Waitress, which featured songs she wrote for the hugely popular Broadway musical, Waitress. The EP features 6 songs that didn’t make it into the musical, plus Sara’s show-stopping ballad, “She Used To Be Mine.”
Speaking of unreleased songs, in November 2019, five mysterious old Sara demos leaked online. She recorded them in the 2000s with Ryan Dusick, formerly of Maroon 5.
In 2020, Sara also appeared in several collaborations. In January 2020, Sara appeared on lovely acoustic version of “Teach You” with Emily King. Last fall, she and Meg Toohey released their song “Lucky Streak,” honoring Broadway star Nick Cordero, who died of COVID in spring 2020. Then in November, Sara joined Todd Carey for an updated acoustic version of his 2007 song “Smile”; Sara had previously sung backup on the original release 13 years prior. That same month, Sara joined Josh Groban for a cover of “Both Sides Now,” originally by Joni Mitchell.
Beyond music, Sara can also add acting to her ever-growing resume: Last August, it was announced that Sara would star in a new comedy series called Girls5eva.
It is now available to stream on Peacock (as of May 6th!), so don’t miss it! It also comes with an album of songs (including one called “4 Stars” which Sara wrote herself), music videos, and more. Find out all about Girls5eva here.
“Armor” & Amidst The Chaos: Live At The Hollywood Bowl
Sara’s live performance of “Armor” is empowering, and we adore the full album, too! Amidst The Chaos: Live At The Hollywood Bowl is out now, so be sure to stream or buy it. Let us know what you think of the album in the comments below! Keep checking back here for all the latest Sara Bareilles music news.
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