Artist: Katie Garibaldi
Album: Follow Your Heart
Release Date: July 15, 2014
On July 15th, singer/songwriter Katie Garibaldi released her seventh full-length album Follow Your Heart. This is her latest release following her award-winning record Next Ride Out in 2009 and it was definitely worth the wait. Hailing from the artistic bustle in the San Francisco Bay Area, Garibaldi has managed to create a personal album with a mix of alternative genres to make a nice Americana blend.
The twelve track record begins with a bit of a country twang as the title song kicks off. Following that is “Holding On”, which excellently captures a soft alt-rock sound as the sound of violins add a romantic element to the song. Things start to pick up again as “Make Them Go Away” and “Lock The Door, Lose The Key” bring a Southern edge giving the songs a beautiful summer vibe making them perfect anthems for warm nights out. “Whispers & Rumors” brings an interesting dynamic to the track listing as the song is significantly darker with the addition of an electric guitar, securing an interesting alternative sound.Garibaldi’s talent really shines with “Wedding Day Song”, “Always Kiss Me Goodnight”, and “White Roses”. All three acoustic jams not only focus on the absolute beauty of her voice, but also highlight her songwriting ability with intimate, yet passionate lyrics. The album finishes off with “Stand In My Way”, a warm ballad about the struggles of love to bring a nice ending to the album.
Katie Garibaldi’s Follow Your Heart definitely nailed it with this record. The sheer beauty of the album will have fans hooked and playing it on repeat for months. Check out her tour dates here.
U&U’s Favorite Tracks: “Holding On”, “Whispers & Rumors”, “White Roses”