Sara Bareilles, "King of Anything"
Sara Bareilles slams the keys--and a certain cocky suitor--on "King of Anything," the lead single from her forthcoming "Kaleidoscope Heart." The song is a burst of energy, and its lyrics showcase her shrewd sarcasm: "You sound so innocent, all full of good intent/Swear you know best/But you expect me to jump up onboard with you/And ride off into your delusional sunset." Bareilles has a flair for material that cuts down and uplifts at the same time, and here, her subject matter is framed by a whimsical arrangement courtesy of producer Neal Avron (Fall Out Boy, Everclear). Horns blast over an infectious, piano-pop groove, and Bareilles' jazzy tone recalls the best moments in Michael Bublé's "Haven't Met You Yet." Despite her lyrical jabs, the listener can't help but give in when she beckons on the last lyric, "Let me hold your crown, babe." --Michael Menachem