Gypsy Heart

Gypsy Heart

by Colbie Caillat

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Overview

Four albums in, Colbie Caillat decided it was time for a cool change. The singer/songwriter remains quintessentially Southern Californian -- her spirit is sunny, her melodies breezy -- but she no longer dresses her songs in beachwear. She's ditched the peasant skirts for stylish black dresses; she's no longer strumming an acoustic guitar; she's singing over densely arranged electronic tracks, some produced by Max Martin and some produced by Babyface, neither known for having much patience with neo-hippie surfer girls. If Caillat were less of a pro, this makeover would come across as forced and awkward, but she's savvy enough to make the transition feel natural. Part of this is due to the inherent warmth in her voice -- it always seems to be singing with a smile, even when she's sliding into sarcasm ("Nice Guys") or sadness ("Try") -- but she's also a fine craftswoman, relying not just on superficial hooks but constructed compositions, a trait that means Gypsy Heart, like all her albums, wears well. It also means that the barely disguised attempts to chase trends -- "Never Gonna Let You Down" bounces to the Mumford & Sons folk syncopation that's practically obligatory in 2014 -- are ingratiating, even if their transparency is no less egregious. That's the key to Colbie Caillat's appeal: she radiates good vibes so strongly, none of her calculated commercial considerations feels cold. And, as the sleekly modern Gypsy Heart proves, her charms are beguiling no matter her setting.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/2014
Label: Republic
UPC: 0602547009272
catalogNumber: 002179102
Rank: 69604

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Colbie Caillat   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
John Ryan   Background Vocals
Daryl Simmons   Percussion
Brett James   Background Vocals
Babyface   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards
Max Martin   Background Vocals
Michael Ripoll   Guitar
Antonio Dixon   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
David Hodges   Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Johan Carlsson   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Julian Bunetta   Background Vocals
Jamie Scott   Background Vocals
Toby Gad   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Jason Reeves   Guitar,Background Vocals
Mattias Bylund   Strings
Rune Westberg   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards
Brandon Coleman   Piano
Ross Golan   Background Vocals
Jon Skaggs   Percussion,Drums
Christopher Braide   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar
Mag   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Steven Soloman   Bass,Guitar
Madeline Lauer   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

John Ryan   Composer,Programming,Instrumentation
Daryl Simmons   Composer
Brett James   Composer
Babyface   Composer,Programming,Producer
Paul Boutin   Engineer
Max Martin   Programming,Producer
Sandy Brummels   Art Direction
John Hanes   Engineer
Kurt Iswarienko   Cover Photo
Lorna Leighton   Cover Design
Antonio Dixon   Composer,Programming,Producer
David Hodges   Composer,Programming,Producer
Johan Carlsson   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Julian Bunetta   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Jamie Scott   Composer
Toby Gad   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Jason Reeves   Composer
Colbie Caillat   Composer
Liz Rose   Composer
Rune Westberg   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Shellback   Programming
Sam Holland   Engineer
Ross Golan   Composer
Cory Bice   Engineer
Christopher Braide   Composer,Programming,Producer,String Arrangements
Mark Bengston   Pro-Tools
Peter Carlsson   Engineer,Vocal Producer
Mag   Programming,Producer
Steven Soloman   Programming,Engineer

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