Parade of Lights
The Take Off and Landing of Everything
Ingrid Michaelson’s latest release “Be OK” is a charity release in which proceeds gained by the CD go to cancer research. Good for her, good for her people on making this happen. Not only are they doing something great, but they’re doing something great with a good product. “Be OK” is perhaps a better set than Michaelson’s “Girls and Boys.” It’s not a traditional studio set in any set- it’s a collection of covers, with some original material, as well as some live songs. It sounds a lot like a B-sides disc, but it’s too good to be a B-Sides. The title track “Be Ok” is a great pop song and rivals anything on “Girls and Boys” as being as good if not better. The song appears as a studio set, but it also appears as an acoustic track. The covers on the album; “Over the Rainbow” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love” are also a couple of great songs. There not hers, but she made them hers and that’s what you want out of any cover. As for the moment on the track- that has to be “The Chain” a live song. Best moment on the record, and I don’t usually say this about live songs, but it’s the best song on the record and Michaelson’s best recording to date. The three-part harmonies made that song something special. “Be OK”, is a great set from Ingrid Michaelson, even if it’s not a great set in a traditional sense. The album’s being sold for a great cause and it’s one of the better B-sides-esque collections I’ve heard in awhile.