Hopeless Romantic April 7th
Michelle Branch, Hopeless Romantic, April 7
After frustrations with her onetime label, which shelved two releases, Michelle Branch was anxious about her next career move. Then the singer-songwriter met the Black Keys’ Patrick Carney at a Grammys party in 2015. “He was like, ‘Where have you been?’” recalls Branch, who has since signed with Verve. It wasn’t long before the “Everywhere” singer hit the studio with Carney to work on her fourth LP. “Patrick was like, ‘This is your record, it has to sound like you,’” she says. “It was the first time that someone pushed me to figure it all out on my own.” And what she discovered was a laid-back rock & roll sound, with deeply personal lyrics inspired by her 2015 divorce and — plot twist! — her budding romance with Carney. “The lust, the love, the heartbreak,” she says. “It’s all there.” —M.V.
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