Colbie Caillat – The Malibu Sessions (PlummyLou Records, 2016)
Colbie Caillat’s sixth studio album is her first release under her new, independent label, PlummyLou Records. The album is a collection of beachy, breezy, catchy tunes about love and letting go. It opens with the sound of ocean waves and subtle echoey vocals. Caillat’s warm and friendly voice shines through the entire record—it feels as though she is personally telling you her stories. “Good Thing” is reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac, with its expressive vocal harmonies and drumbeat. “Cruisin’” has the island vibe and relaxing feel fans have come to love and expect from Caillat—she doesn’t shy away from her roots in the slightest. The album comes full circle, concluding with the sound of ocean waves. The Malibu Sessions is emotionally honest, but also oozes with cheerfulness. It’s the perfect way to warm up as the winter months approach us.
Trial track: “Cruisin’”