Rachael Yamagata, The Dove & Wolf, Hemming
Concert date: Oct. 10, 2014
On the ten-year anniversary of her first album, Happenstance, singer-songwriter Rachael Yamagata proves that she still retains her trademark grit and soulfulness. Since she made a name for herself a decade ago on the alternative-rock scene with Happenstance, Yamagata has recorded two other studio albums and several EPs. Despite her growing fame in the last ten years, Yamagata continues to embrace the raw edginess that her contemporaries (think Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson) shed during their metamorphoses into queens of pop.
On Friday, October 10th, Rachael Yamagata performed a sold-out show at Lincoln Hall. Returning to Chicago, where she had—according to her Twitter—lived in nine different apartments, Yamagata was charismatic and at ease on stage. She opened with a new song, “Over,” which she jokingly remarked needed to be renamed as it could be easily confused with her 2008 single, “Over and Over.” The number showcased her sultry vocals and trademark balm-for-the-broken lyrics.
Another new song she performed, temporarily entitled “Tightrope Walker” and less aesthetically familiar than “Over,” was inspired by the remarkable balancing act she witnessed in a tightrope walker. She revealed that the combination of tension and ease, strength and powerlessness in such a performer reflected the struggles she faced in her life and career.