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HEAR WHAT’S NEW: Brandi Carlile – The Joke

HEAR WHAT’S NEW: Brandi Carlile – The Joke

“The Joke,” the first track to be released from By The Way, exemplifies the album’s massive ambition. A country-rock aria dedicated to the delicate boys and striving girls born into — and, Carlile insists, destined to triumph over — this divisive time, “The Joke” offers a stunning vocal performance from Carlile, swathed in warm piano, big drums and a perfect string arrangement by the late Paul Buckmaster.