Album Review – It Doesn’t Have to Make Sense – Ingrid Michaelson

It Doesn’t Have to Make Sense is the seventh studio album by Ingrid Michaelson.

After my first full listen to It Doesn’t Have to Make Sense, I felt like this was a breakup album. I don’t know if it really is  or not, although she did get a divorce while she was touring the album prior to this. Still, it has a lot of songs that feel like songs that belong on a breakup album – Light Me Up – seemingly about moving on; Drink You Gone – about not getting over it; Hell No – not taking you back; Old Days – about the falling apart and not coming back together.  And, overall, this album is a little slower, a little less upbeat, which also contributes to that feel. Still, Michaelson remains a better than average songwriter and she has written some wonderful songs for this album.

Not that there’s nothing but breakup songs here. Miss America is a anthem for women good with being themselves. Celebrate is upbeat nostalgia for youth. I Remember Her feels like an elegaic homage.

There should be plenty here to please all of her fans, but there’s enough catchy songwriting that Michaelson should also continue to appeal to new listeners.

Recommendation:  Buy It

Songs I have a Playlist for: Light Me Up, Miss America, Hell No, Old Days

Clunkers I will Thumbs Down:  Another Life

Song Spotlight: Loud by Matt Nathanson & Ingrid Michaelson

Matt Nathanson has 11 studio albums. His songs have been featured on many a television show. His most well known album was Some Mad Hope, off of which four songs had chart success. “Come On Get Higher” peaked at #2 and was certified platinum.

It’s hard to remember that Borders used to host a lot of these singer in the store events. And some of my favorite performances can be found among these little videos.

I like interplay between Nathanson and Michaelson on this song, and the simple twelve string accompaniment.