By Chris Willman
April 06, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT

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Brandi Carlile has a becoming alto that can succumb to the sleepies, as it did on her folksy ’05 debut. But she can surprise you by leaping octaves to a loftier key, and when some passionate rasp creeps into her voice as she makes the switch, as in the terrific title track on The Story, the gear-shifting effect can be thrilling. Producer T Bone Burnett has upped the caffeination all around, but even when Carlile reverts to a tranquil mode, this 25-year-old has an old soul’s gift for songwriting that addresses how time subtly changes love and friendship.

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