Sara Haze - My Personal Sky
- Artist: Sara Haze
- Album: My Personal Sky
- Label: Strategic Alliance Records America
- Year of Release: 2010
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- Reviewed by: carlita on 2012-06-22
Hearing through friends around the country about Sara Haze, all I had to do was turn on MTV in 2010 and there was one of her songs, "My Own Hands to Hold" being featured prominently on "The Hills" ( ok, as vapid or guilty-pleasure bad the content of the show was, they did have great music on there). Listening again recently to My Personal Sky, written in Nashville (the country pop paradise) at 19 (which Adele initially made a defining age, the last year being a teen, old enough to experience heartbreak but young enough to have a lot to learn about yourself), it bears the mark of both elements, strongly influencing this debut. Raised in Orange County, So Cal, singing gospel in the church and Christina Aguilera into her hairbrush growing up, there's a youthful Colbie Caillat "Bubbly" energy that's backed up by her Shania Twain/Shawn Colvin/Joan Osborne soulful pipes, keeping company with other pop pianists Sara(h)s (Sara Bareilles and Sarah McLachlan).
Seemingly addressing several songs to a potential ex like sassy "Mama" (bub-bye, you took me for granted), "My Own Hands to Hold" and "Love Sick", she'll stumble and trip but she'll get back up and "shine" again. She reveals glimpses of an evolving woman in the making on gently-touching album highlight, "Lovely", happy childhood recollections on "Every Heart" and raw "Big Lie" (with painfully honest lyrics like "I don't love myself so how can I love you?") Throughout the album, the listener is in on Sara taking her turn to "love and burn" and will be convinced ultimately it's a "Beautiful Day" again, seeing Stevie's ribbon in her personal sky.
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