Give Up the Ghost

Millions of Grey’s Anatomy viewers got a crash course in this Washington State singer-songwriter’s work when it was repeatedly featured on the series in 2007. Carlile’s third album, Give Up the Ghost, a polished collection of confessional rockers and twangy love songs, should help keep her momentum going. She commands the spotlight with ease throughout, thanks in large part to her distinctive throaty falsetto — even making Elton John seem like a sideman when he shows up for a duet. If none of these tunes end up soundtracking dramatic TV moments this fall, someone isn’t doing his or her job. B+

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Give Up the Ghost
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