Michelle Branch – Hopeless Romantic (2017) [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Michelle Branch – Hopeless Romantic (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 52:25 minutes | 1,06 GB | Genre: Rock, Alternative
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Verve Pop

Michelle Branch’s first album in 14 years comes in the wake of personal and professional heartbreak, a divorce and a new love. The songs reflect both her past romantic struggles and the optimism she felt while working on the record and falling in love with co-producer Patrick Carney, drummer of the Black Keys.

Hopeless Romantic is the third studio album by American singer and songwriter Michelle Branch. Co-written and co-produced by Patrick Carney, whom Branch is dating, the album is Branch’s first release with Verve after leaving her previous label, Reprise Records, and having the original album material scrapped. Hopeless Romantic is also Branch’s first full-length album to be released since Hotel Paper (2003), and first overall release since the Everything Comes and Goes EP in 2010.

Through no fault of her own, Michelle Branch was missing in action during the 2010s. Branch released her last solo album, Hotel Paper, way back in 2003, spending the last half of that decade working with Jessica Harp as the Wreckers, but as the 2010s dawned, she found herself embroiled with struggles with her record label, which rejected all of her new material. Branch didn’t emerge from this battle until 2015, when she signed with Verve Records. During all this creative upheaval, Branch experienced personal turmoil in the form of a divorce from her husband of 11 years, so it’s not necessarily a surprise that 2017’s Hopeless Romantic represents a new beginning on several different fronts for the singer/songwriter. Much of the album concerns heartbreak and rebirth, but more striking than its content is its form. Working with producers Gus Seyffert and Patrick Carney, Branch reinvents herself as an electropop-friendly adult alternative troubadour. How she writes songs hasn’t changed much – she retains a knack for candied pop hooks and is a cannily sentimental balladeer – but Hopeless Romantic glistens with glassy analog synths and similar retro-pop moves. When the tempos quicken, Hopeless Romantic can recall the exuberance of Carly Rae Jepsen, but often the album simmers, so it suggests ’80s-friendly indie outfits like Chvrches or Beach House, but Branch is too much of a mainstream craftswoman to let things get chilly or weird. As such, Hopeless Romantic has an appealingly cool veneer in addition to a sturdy structure of songs. It comes on so smoothly, it’s easy to overlook how the songs quickly sink into the subconscious.

01 – Best You Ever
02 – You’re Good
03 – Fault Line
04 – Heartbreak Now
05 – Hopeless Romantic
06 – Living A Lie
07 – Knock Yourself Out
08 – Temporary Feeling
09 – Carry Me Home
10 – Not A Love Song
11 – Last Night
12 – Bad Side
13 – Shadow
14 – City