Album Review: Make Your Own Bed (Sarah Burton)

Sarah Burton is no stranger to making records. After releasing an EP in 2007, and two full-length albums in 2010 and 2012, Burton stuns once again with Make Your Own Bed. The piano-driven instrumentation (which she played herself) ties her to Sara Bareilles, and her raw vocals add a hint of Alanis Morrissette. Between her phrasing and voice’s timbre, she can be compared to Anna Nalick. Burton combines elements of her previous releases (acoustic folk, country, and blues) to create a diverse album. With “Make Your Own Bed,” the title track, Burton proves that she’s tough and not afraid to be a little rock and roll. She shows off her soulful side in “Grind My Teeth” but swiftly moves to a more delicate and vulnerable vocal for “So Long” and “I will be free.” She returns to her country elements with “Red” and delivers it with power-ballad instrumentation guaranteed to pull at every heartstring. No matter what style of music you prefer, Burton has a song for you in Make Your Own Bed.

Artist: Sarah Burton

Album: Make Your Own Bed

Label: Sarah Burton / Fontana North

FCC: Clean

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