Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds
When I took this out of the envelope and I saw the cowboy hat the first words out of my mouth were, “Hmm, she must not have read my submission page that states I am not a fan of country music.” I looked at the accompanying letter and the first line said, “I read that you don’t care for country music, but…” and I laughed and knew I’d like Jessi Lynn.
And I do.
I’m still not 100% sold on country music, but I do enjoy this CD. The songs are so well written and catchy I find myself singing along. I also find that I hear a snippet of a lyric that really grabs me and I have to whip out the liner notes and/or hit repeat.
Speaking of the liner notes, the booklet is really very nice. There are some great photos of Jessi and her dog (she’s a dog lover, another reason to like her) and some great quotes from old country legends Dolly Parton, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline and Dwight Yoakam.
“You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Like This” is a great, fun song that kicks off the CD nicely.
“Someday Soon” sounds a little Indigo Girls-ish to me. Their song “Galileo” to be exact. I don’t think it’s just the harmonies either.
Jessi has a very good voice for this style (these styles?). She’s able to make the song sound just right…just the right amount of twang, any more and it might be approaching cheesy (and the reason I don’t usually care for country). She sounds like she’s having a blast too. That always helps. You can hear her smiling.
She reminds me of Amy Fairchild who’s album, “Mr. Heart” remains a deserted island CD for me.
“I Know How You Feel” sounds less like old country, and more like today’s pop-country types. It is a nice hooky song.
“That’s Alright With Me” is another stand out song.
The recording outtakes at he end of the CD (hidden track) are pretty amusing. I think I even hear her dog barking.
If you really hate country and have a closed mind, you might want to skip this one. But if you are open-minded, enjoy music that’s well written and solidly performed, and are ready to try something new give this a shot. If you already like country, I’m guessing you’ll love this record.
Posted on December 20, 2005
Listen to track samples
1. You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Like This
2. Someday Soon
3. Ain’t That Just My Luck
4. Anywhere, But Here
5. Easier Said Than Done
6. I Know How You Feel
7. Hello Misery
8. When You Open Your Eyes
10. It’s You
11. That’s Alright With Me
12. New Tattoo
Rating: 5 Stars
Comment: Hello Amy, I’m glad you reviewed the CD anyway. I also am not a fan of country, but I love Jessi Lynn’s style. I bought one of her previously recorded cds “Just Me & My Guitar” and I fell in love with it. The new cd is only a snippet of her recorded talent.
name: Crystal Mohr on Wednesday, February 1, 2006
Rating: 5 Stars
Comment: Hey Amy, Jessi Lynn here… I finally checked back to see if there was a review done, THANK YOU for taking the time to listen to it, even though you don’t care for country music. So many people who don’t like country music, like my stuff… which is why I sent it. I’m super happy that you have an open mind and indeed, found yourself singing along! I appreciate your words GREATLY!!! I hope you continue to enjoy it!
name: Jessi Lynn on Thursday, January 19, 2006