Release Date: Apr 7, 2017
Record label: Verve
Through no fault of her own, Michelle Branch was missing in action during the 2010s. Branch released her last solo album, Hotel Paper, way back in 2003, spending the last half of that decade working with Jessica Harp as the Wreckers, but as the 2010s dawned, she found herself embroiled with struggles with her record label, which rejected all of her new material. Branch didn't emerge from this battle until 2015, when she signed with Verve Records.
Michelle Branch released her last solo album, 2003’s addictive Hotel Paper, 14 years ago. But the singer-songwriter, best known for her ubiquitous 2001 hit “Everywhere,” spent the better part of the intervening decade locked in music industry purgatory: She turned in two full LPs to her label, Warner Bros. Records, which shelved both indefinitely.
When news broke in January that Michelle Branch would return with her first album since George W. Bush's reelection, a generation of millennials who jammed out to "Everywhere" and "Are You Happy Now?" experienced a major nostalgia trip. Unlike many other early '00s teen pop stars, Branch faded from mainstream attention (her last solo album Hotel Paper was released in 2003) before losing the charm fans had latched onto.