My Paper Heart
Posted September 12, 2008
Francesca is one among many musical Battistellis. Her family was heavily involved in the arts and Broadway growing up, which likely influenced her soulful, inspired and honest vocals. Battistelli's musical lineage is deeply rooted in jazz and R&B, which is blaringly clear on songs like "Unpredictable," where her syncopation nears perfection. She gravitates toward that jazzy, push-and-pull vocal styling throughout My Paper Heart, and it works. Songs like "I'm Letting Go" channel the piano-stomping Sarah Bareilles (catchy chorus and all), and her voice reaches sweeping heights on "Beautiful, Beautiful."
My Paper Heart touches on clearly universal themes of trust and venturing into the unknown, but Battistelli takes each song by the reigns, making them both intimate and relatable. Her weathered vocals convey the heartbreak and resilience she sings of on the title track. She sings with a passion well beyond her years, and it's clear that she'll be singing strong for years to come. Truly an excellent release.
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