America might be pretty divided right now, but I think there’s one thing we can all agree on: Colbie Caillat makes everything better.
Last night, Southern Cali native Colbie Caillat and friends brought the The Malibu Sessions Acoustic Tour to Los Angeles in support of her new album that was released less than a week ago. As Colbie mentioned last night, the record was actually recorded nearly four years ago in a beach house in Malibu with the exact crew that joined her on stage.
This is the part where I’m super honest and tell you the last thing I uttered before heading to the show was, “I hope they don’t just play the new album, because I haven’t even had time to listen to it yet.”
Spoiler alert: They do.
Second spoiler alert: It was absolutely my favorite Colbie Caillat show ever, and quite honestly, one of the highlights musically for me in all of 2016. (And as you probably know, I’ve been to alot of shows this year.)
When I lived in Nashville, my nights were filled sitting around with musician friends, picking on guitars, telling stories and singing until we were hoarse. Since moving away, those are the memories I recall most warmly and when I head home, I aim to recreate that scene time and time again. Last night, that scene came to me.
Many large shows aim at the intimacy of a singer/songwriter format, but it’s a hard task, especially to capture that magic and authenticity that only exists when you’re surrounded by creatives you feel most comfortable with. A large crowd can sometimes negate that effect, with loud talking and drunk yelling as the performer tries to have a more conversational tone with the audience.
Colbie and her friends-turned-family absolutely nailed it. I felt like a fly on the wall at a house party of Colbie’s, where they tested out new material, talked about old times and drank Jameson. The new record has a fun, beachy vibe when you simply listen to it through headphones, but when you hear the stories of what shaped the album, it takes on a whole new life. (If you’re old enough to remember, think VH1’s Storytellers.)
They played the new album The Malibu Sessions from start to finish, as the record was intended to be experienced, finishing out the set with a medley of some of Colbie’s biggest hits, including “Bubbly,” “Magic,” “Realize,” and “I Never Told You,” where she was joined by a young member of the audience named Jessica, who got to live out her dream of singing with Colbie.
It was a chilly evening outdoors, but Colbie’s voice never wavered in the cold air. Vocally, it was one of the best shows I’ve seen her perform yet- her signature warmth and control soared on the new tunes, particularly on “In Love Again” and “Runnin.”
As she introduced “Try,” she talked about her insecurities, and it almost seems impossible to believe someone as virtually perfect as Colbie would struggle with anything. But last night revealed a different Colbie as she spoke between each song- she’s a woman who in spite of all of her perfections is incredibly humble and self-aware.
If you ever wanted to see Colbie live, this is the time to do it. It’s an enchanting evening that is unlike any other major tour right now. It perfectly sums up Colbie: magical and real.