I saw Michelle Branch in concert a few weeks ago and I was floored. I don’t know why my expectations were so low prior to the concert, to be honest. Maybe because, despite knowing her first two records by heart 14+ years later, I hadn’t listened to either in years? Maybe because I wasn’t sure how I felt about her new album, which I only listened to a few times after buying my concert ticket? Maybe because tickets were only $30 and I would be okay with a mediocre show for that price?
Whatever the reasons for my unreasonably low expectations were, I was wrong. I was blown away by her show. She played a tight set list, with a good mix of new stuff and old. She performed hits like “Everywhere” and “All You Wanted” in this slower, stripped-down sort of way I had never heard before. And for each of the songs I knew by heart, I was belting out the words along with every single other person in the audience. It was a great night, and I’d see her again in a heartbeat.