Single Review: Brave by Sara Bareilles

After a slow start, Sara Bareilles' "Brave" has finally garnered some well-deserved attention, as it broke into the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the top 20 on the Adult Contemporary chart. The song is a self-esteem anthem in the vein of Madonna's "Express Yourself" but with a strong singer/songwriter angle. Yes, it has a lot in common with Katy Perry's "Roar" too, but both tracks take different thematic and sonic stances while approaching a similar type of pop song. Bareilles' tune is directed at her audience, challenging them to stand up for themselves. The best parts of the single are the drum machine at the front of the mix, the soft jangly piano in the background, and the way the singer shouts the hook, "I wanna see you be brave." The Blessed Unrest is a dark affair, but "Brave" is its bright, hopeful pop moment, as well as Bareilles' best single to date.

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