Extended Play: Brooke White, 'High Hopes and Heartbreak'

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This week, Brooke White, High Hopes and Heartbreak.

Brooke White
High Hopes & Heartbreak
Pop (June Baby)

No one who saw White sing “You’ve Got a Friend” on Season 7 of American Idol will be surprised by the Carole King-ish piano-pop tunes on her post-Idol debut. Additionally, no one who’s heard a song sung in the English language will be shocked by White’s lyrics, which tend toward shopworn ruminations such as “everybody makes mistakes.” High Hopes & Heartbreak does contain one unexpected highlight, though: White’s lovely soul-folk take on Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody.” Karaoke it ain’t. B —Mikael Wood
DOWNLOAD THIS: “Use Somebody”

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  • T.T

    i loved the whole album
    i think Pheonix and out of the ashes are refreshing, smile is amazing and so is when we were one
    i give it an A and think everyone should buy it brooke fan or not

  • l

    I hate hate hate her Use Somebody cover. That is a song no one should cover.

  • b. Tsien

    I LOVED “Use Somebody”!!!!!

    People need to get over this notion that songs can’t be covered by other artists!!!

    And if you think that the Kings of Leon are angry that Brooke White covered the song, they’re crying all the way to the bank because they receive the songwriting royalties!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • graeme

    Wow, she made “Use Somebody” such a bland song. This song really suits a female voice…but this doesn’t work. There’s a solid cover by Pixie Lott. Way better than this.

  • sarah

    i LUVED her album..i jss thot id like a coupla songs..but i seriously liked almost all of them! her use somebody cover is AMAZING..cuz i don like the real version by kings on leon, its very annoying. id give her album a 9/10!

  • Buddy

    Love that whole album. I think there is too much discussion of the Kings of Leon cover. Let’s focus instead on White’s own stunning compositions. She channels Carole King on the spellbinding “Out of the Ashes” and sounds like the next Stevie Nicks on the bouncy title track. I wasn’t White’s biggest fan on Idol but she has produced one of its most accomplished and enjoyable alumni recordings. A true joy.

  • bob

    My wife and I totally enjoyed every song on this alblum. I hope that she gets the play time that this music deserves as I know people will really get into HER music.

  • Zach

    It’s OK, but I get the B. Not great, her voice sounded better many times on the show, and it won’t sell much. But her duet with Michael Johns, “Life Is Okay,” was wonderful for both of them.

  • mostboringseasonever

    Ithought she was a very attractive woman but I didn’t like her vocals at all.

  • razor

    Actually I really like it. It would also be good mashed up with something from Mike Nesmith from the 70s, or Linda Ronstadt.

  • Norah

    This album is great!!! I actually loved her version of Use Somebody and was not expecting to.

  • roboPHOTOshopped

    WOW, she must use mariah’s airbrush artist.

  • Billybopper1

    I like the new album, but I really like her pre-idol ablum “Songs From The Attic”. It’s a classic album and Tim Simms, the guy who produced it is a genius!

  • Tony Brown

    I don’t know If I said it already but …Great site…keep up the good work. :) I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks, :)

    A definite great read..Tony Brown

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