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The Firewatcher's Daughter is the fifth studio album by Brandi Carlile, released on March 3, 2015 on ATO Records.[1] The lead single, "The Eye", was released in December 2014. [2] It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Americana Album at the 2016 awards.

The Firewatcher's Daughter
Brandi Carlile, The Firewatcher's Daughter.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 3, 2015 (2015-03-03)
GenreAmericana, Folk Rock
Brandi Carlile chronology
Bear Creek
The Firewatcher's Daughter
By the Way, I Forgive You
Singles from The Firewatcher's Daughter
  1. "The Eye"
    Released: December 15, 2014


Release and receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic     [4]
The Austin Chronicle     [5]

In a preview of her new album before release, the Boston Globe wrote, "Whether The Firewatcher's Daughter continues the country-folk flirtation of 2012's Bear Creek, returns to the warm adult songcraft of The Story and Give Up the Ghost, or explores some other direction entirely, she's sure to bring emotional intelligence, thoughtful clarity, and, most importantly, the most arresting female voice in pop this side of Adele. I'm betting on her."[8]

“We didn't make any demos. To me rock and roll isn't really a genre but more of recklessness or a risk," Carlile told NPR.[9] "The more something gets ironed out and sure of itself, the less it begins to rock somehow. That is what I think rock and roll is ... and it's scary."

The preview track, "The Eye," for which a video was released prior to the album, is a front-porch acoustic.[10] The review from NPR Music said, " 'The Eye' is exactly what it proclaims itself to be: a quiet breath in the midst of the album's glorious storm. Rooted in Carlile's love of both classic country and California pop, the song is the kind many other artists are going to want to cover. It will be hard to top the original, though; it so eloquently highlights the telepathic connection Carlile shares with her longtime bandmates. A favorite on recent tours, 'The Eye' is destined to become a centerpiece in Carlile's catalog."[11]

The Current reviewing the album wrote, "I thought she leaned too adult-contemporary for my tastes. Boy, was I wrong! This might be her most rockin' album to date. The album starts like a house afire: Carlile totally nails the vocal on the gospel influenced "Wherever is Your Heart," and this one makes you realize just how good she is. When she sings, you're a believer. She'll have you singing along on the infectious "The Thing I Regret". Maybe the biggest surprise on the album is "Mainstream Kid," which shows some grit! It's as badass as Carlile has ever sounded. If you had Brandi Carlile pegged as an adult-contemporary softie, you might try again. Brandi Carlile and the Hanseroth twins show that they aren't afraid to rock out. The Firewatcher's Daughter is a bold and welcome addition to her catalogue."[12] USA Today wrote, "The Firewatcher's Daughter is an album with a big heart, one that responds with love, not fear."[13]

Carlile got a nod in the Best Americana Album category for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.[14] This was her first nomination at the Grammys.

Track listingEdit

1."Wherever Is Your Heart"Brandi Carlile, Tim Hanseroth3:50
2."The Eye"Carlile, T. Hanseroth3:35
3."The Things I Regret"Carlile, Phil Hanseroth, T. Hanseroth3:26
4."Mainstream Kid"Carlile, T. Hanseroth4:19
5."Beginning to Feel the Years"P. Hanseroth3:08
6."Wilder (We're Chained)"T. Hanseroth3:32
7."Blood Muscle Skin & Bone"P. Hanseroth4:16
8."I Belong to You"Carlile4:30
9."Alibi"T. Hanseroth3:00
10."The Stranger at My Door"Carlile3:42
11."Heroes and Songs"Carlile2:47
12."Murder in the City"Scott Yancey Avett, Timothy Seth Avett2:53



Chart (2015)[15] Peak
Switzerland Swiss Hitparade 50
U.S. Billboard 200 9
U.S. Billboard Album Sales 4
U.S. Billboard Rock Albums 1
U.S. Billboard Folk Albums 1
U.S. Billboard Digital Albums 4
U.S. Billboard Tastemaker Albums 4

The song Mainstream Kid was also featured in the rhythm game Rock Band 4.


  1. ^ Powers, Ann (December 16, 2014). "Listen To 'The Eye,' A New Song By Brandi Carlile". NPR. Retrieved December 16, 2014.
  2. ^ Powers, Ann (December 16, 2014). "Listen To 'The Eye,' A New Song By Brandi Carlile". NPR. Retrieved December 16, 2014.
  3. ^ "The Firewatcher's Daughter by Brandi Carlile". Metacritic. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Firewatcher's Daughter – Brandi Carlile". AllMusic. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
  5. ^ Freeman, Doug (March 20, 2015). "Brandi Carlile: The Firewatcher's Daughter (ATO)". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  6. ^ "Brandi Carlile: The Firewatcher's Daughter". Uncut (215): 72. April 2015.
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (May 27, 2016). "Roots Rock Radicals: Expert Witness with Robert Christgau". Vice. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  8. ^ "The albums we're looking forward to as 2015 arrives – Music – The Boston Globe".
  9. ^ "10 Albums Worth Looking Forward to in Early 2015".
  10. ^ "Brandi Carlile". Retrieved 2015-04-02.
  11. ^ "Listen To 'The Eye,' A New Song By Brandi Carlile". December 16, 2014.
  12. ^ Bill DeVille (2015-03-02). "Album Review: Brandi Carlile, 'The Firewatcher's Daughter' | The Current from Minnesota Public Radio". The Current. Retrieved 2015-12-14.
  13. ^ "Carlile warms to 'Firewatcher's Daughter'". 2015-03-02. Retrieved 2015-12-14.
  14. ^ "Grammy nominations have Northwest ties: Brandi Carlile, Death Cab for Cutie, Seattle Symphony and more". Retrieved 2015-12-14.
  15. ^ "Brandi Carlile - Chart history". Billboard. 2007-04-28. Retrieved 2015-12-14.