The 'Everywhere' singer admitted that she spent many years trying to please others, but let go of that pressure while recording her upcoming solo album West Coast Time.
Branch told Rolling Stone: "In a strange way, it's my most youthful sounding album. I was so adamant about proving myself for so long and I've gotten to the point where I don't have to do that as much.
"Ten years into it, I can finally go, 'Oh, I just want to make a record that's fun to make and I don't have to prove that I deserve to be here'."
Branch further explained that she gained this new-found confidence by learning to accept her weaknesses as well as her strengths.
"I'm just more comfortable in my own skin now. I think I'm also more open to other writers being present and listening to other opinions, whereas before I was going through my angsty teen years while making records," she quipped.
West Coast Time, which will be released in 2012, marks Branch's first solo album since 2003's US Top 5 hit Hotel Paper.
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