I started sending him demos and he was like, ‘Oh, I get this. Back home, her marriage was growing increasingly sour.I see your vision.’”Photographed by Eric Ryan Anderson. Wweater by Lingua Franca, jeans from Closet Case Vintage, earrings and rings by Pamela Love. “Marriage isn’t supposed to be easy, so maybe we should stick it out,” she recalls thinking, but she was miserable.Like an earthquake destroying a city, these lyrics speak to the cracks that slowly form in a crumbling relationship."I started writing this record fresh out of an almost 11-year marriage.In early 2001, Michelle Branch signed with Maverick Records under Warner Bros.Records and released her second studio album, The Spirit Room, in August of that year.
Bush was president, Britney Spears kissed Madonna on the VMAs, and Cara Delevingne was a mere 10 years old—no one has quite forgotten Branch.
(Even the mayor of Nashville, Megan Barry, gave her a hug and professed her fandom when they ran into each other earlier in the morning outside of a honky-tonk.) Carney certainly hadn’t, and when the two met at a Grammy party two years ago, he greeted her with that now-familiar refrain: “Where have you been?
”At the time, Branch was newly divorced and writing material that was finally about “grown-up love,” and she explained to Carney her predicament. “He loves all the worst sports teams that never win, and he heard my story and wanted to help. actually began before their encounter, in London, where Branch escaped not only to write but to lose herself in the city.
But her record label didn’t want the new Michelle Branch, at age 27 or 30. “When I turned in some of the songs for this record, I was told, ‘You don’t sound like yourself.
This isn’t what Michelle Branch sounds like,’” she recalls.