Artist Watch: Being Taken Captive By Christina Perri's 'Jar Of Hearts'

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

When I first heard "Jar of Hearts", I nodded my head going, "Yeah, this is a ballad." Usually ballads and me don't get along. Sort of a dirty little secret of mines considering how I'm supposed to be open to all avenues, but a ballad has to strike a chord with me, has to hit all the right nerves, has to mean something, and can't sound overtly schmaltzy. This one covers that checklist and then some. The woman behind the haunting poetics is Philly native and guitarist, Christina Perri, an artist who is currently gaining ear attention, strictly from this song. I'm getting Sara Bareilles or Diane Birch vibes from this, but Perri's got a vocal execution all her own.

Featured on Perri's current release, The Ocean Way Sessions EP, "Jar of Hearts" picked up steam when it was featured on So You Think You Can Dance over the summer and is being downloaded like crazy right now. I came across it on my many haunts through We Are Hunted, and thought it was just divine. Perri is currently working towards making a full-length album, but do a YouTube search and you'll find her taking on a number of songs that should no doubt lead way to how the album should take shape. For those who like to slow the roll down with a concisely constructed ballad from a star on the rise, then check it out at all costs (her performance on Conan is after the cut). Beautification right here.

Christina Perri - Jar of Hearts

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