Album Review: In the Pool Jenn Adams

Album Name: In the Pool
Artist: Jenn Adams
Year/Label: 2001 / Toc/Orchard

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Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

Jenn Adams begins this recording with “Joliet” with a very Indigo Girls-like style. Her songs, though probably can all be classified as folk-rock, are varied. Some like “Most Precious Days” are straightforward folk; some, like “Not Tonight” are bluesy, and some are beautiful pop. There are actually a few musicians that Jenn Adams reminds me of but there is something about her that is unique.

Jenn has a clear, fantastic voice that matches her music perfectly and performs these comfortable songs that you feel you¹ve known all your life. This CD will be in my player for quite awhile.

Posted July 7, 2001

Track Listing

1. Joliet
2. Most Precious Days
3. The Garden Song
4. Not Tonight
5. Everything Good
6. 1846
7. Maggie Tabasco
8. All These Attachments
9. Mozambique Is Burning
10. Leave The Light On
11. Sleep Of Light
12. All Along The Watchtower

[Jenn Adams Official Site]

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Album Review: Vuka Vuka by Fiel Garvie

Album Name: Vuka Vuka
Artist: Fiel Garvie
Year/Label: 2001 / Noisebox Records

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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

English band Fiel Garvie have been around for a while byt have only managed to release their debut now.

Fronted by excellent singer Anne Reekie, they sound like a contemproary answer to long lost band Heart Throbs. Like them they explore issues of the heart with a sharp lyrical edge and shimmering guitars.

The jazzy “Glass Faced Warrior” recalls a less playful Bjork while the beautiful “For What I love” is darker musically.

Fiel Garvie are a special band and should be around making their disturbingly lovely music for a long time.

Posted on July 1, 2001

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Track Listing
1. Right Out and Forced
2. Risk
3. Hold On
4. Better Gaze
5. A man
6. Glass Feced Warrior
7. Dress Down
8. Difference of me
9. Shuffle
10. Deliberately Alright
11. For what i Love
12. O.K.K

[Fiel Garvie Official Site]

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Album Review: The Valley of Baca by Suzanne de Bussac

Album Name: The Valley of Baca
Artist: Suzanne de Bussac
Year/Label: 2001 / Tranzister

Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

Suzanne de Bussac makes her debut with this accessible but complex record. She includes latin and reggae sounds into her music which makes for a spicy blend. This is a radio-friendly but eccentric album that makes de Bussac’s talent as a songwriter evident.

The title track’s majestic sweep is helped by guest vocalist Kevin Quain’s raspy voice. The powerpop of “Ruby Avenue” is a nice change of pace from the mellow mood of the other songs. The heartfelt “Marry Me” is a lovely song and is welcome diversion from all the songs of lost love that dominate most albums.

Suzanne de Bussac is a very evocative singer and her album will hopefully be followed by many more like it.

Posted on June 27, 2001

Track Listing
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1. Under The Spell Of The Moon
2. Are You Listening
3. The Valley of Baca
4. A Higher Place
5. Baby Wants To Be Somebody New
6. Ruby Avenue
7. Faded
8. Dirty Heart
9. Marry Me
10. Look Alive
11. Enchanted Memory

Comments: Rating: 5 Stars
I’ve seen Suzanne play a number of times live and always impressed with her performance.
After listening to her CD, I was in awe.
Great music, great lyrics, great instrumentalists and I suggest everyone have a listen to it.
~Glen Guerin

Concert: Dar Williams in Apple Valley, MN

Artist: Dar Williams

Date: June 21, 2001

Opening Act: (she actually opened for Shawn Mullins)

Venue: Minnesota Zoo

City: Apple Valley, MN

Review by [Amy Lotsberg] Producer of Collected Sounds

The show was held in the bird amphitheater so when they started the show a female zoo worker came out holding a bald eagle. She was doing her little spiel about how we should all come back another time (when the zoo is open) to watch bird shows. As she was talking the bird took/left a huge dump behind her. We all laughed and she made some joke about it being a show about the nature of things or something.

Dar came out and the first thing she said is, “Well…the bird pooped.” and threw up her hands.

She began by saying that when she was growing up there was someone in her life that was really cool, a hippie, and would let she and her sisters cook anything they wanted. Sometimes they would make doughnuts shaped like butts. Then she said, “This was NOT my mother!” It was my babysitter and went into “The Babysitter’s Here”.

I did see some folks singing along with her but mostly the crowd seemed to be unfamiliar with her music. It was interesting to see where people laughed during the songs. Sometimes at things I didn’t think were necessarily funny but more sweet or poignant.

She then spoke about an artist who was popular when she was in college and how she was blamed for breaking up her husband’s band and went into “I Won’t Be Your Yoko Ono.”

Dar mentioned that today was supposed to be a voluntary rolling blackout. In protest of the way the present administration is dealing with energy everyone is supposed to turn off all electricity from 7-10pm (wherever they live). She said that although she wasn’t personally participating, she thought that we should all get on our cell phones, call the babysitter or roommate at home and tell them to turn off all the lights, light candles “Everything’s OK, just do it”. Then we should wait about 15 minutes, call back and say, “I know what you did last summer!” Or have the operator call and say, “It’s coming from inside the HOUSE!” She called it an Adventure Blackout.

“If I Wrote You” was next. She didn’t introduce this song much.

She said, I’m going to do a holiday celebration song. I know it’s not the time of year, but…” Then she told us to imagine someone who is preparing for his niece to come visit from Brainerd University (we have a Brainerd here but it’s not a University, but she was trying) with her…um…”friend” and she is a…ummm…vegetarian. And she likes this stuff called ‘hubris’, no that’s not it, ‘hoomis’ and it’s beige…and I’m going to go down to the Seward Co-Op and see if I can find some…and some of that pitta bread…and we have to get the two twin beds made up…even though they’d probably ‘make do’ with the one double bed…” etc. it was very funny and had everyone laughing. Then of course, did “Christian and the Pagans”.

She began talking about how when she was little she enjoyed waiting at the bus stop and there was always this ‘bus stop mom’ (You know which song is coming don’t you?) and how she always had everything you might need in her coat, “a cough drop, a Kleenex and perhaps after the bus left…a cigarette?” And when she was old enough to go to that bus stop she was very excited. “It Happens Everyday”.

There was a time when she was driving through Iowa and the hilly landscape really caught her attention. She said it was very curvy and reminded her of, and here she was dong the hourglass/woman gesture as if she didn’t want to say then she just said, “You know, boobs.” She thought it made you sort of take a step back. She said “I placed sort of an uptight narrator in that scenario so see what would happen”. This song could have been called almost anything, but she was in “Iowa” so that’s what it was called. She did say that it could not be called Wyoming because the “Grand Tetons would be just TOO much!” Toward the end of the song she said, “Since 98% of you are already singing let’s just get the rest of you going.” And we all sang the last two choruses with her. That was surprising to me but at this point I realized that a lot of people were there for Dar and not for Shawn Mullins.

“After All” no introduction.

“As Cool as I Am” which she dedicated to the female Zoo workers.

When Dar was little she was always into scaring her family. They used to take the kids to a place called Breakneck Ridge. “Don’t ever take your children to a place called ‘Breakneck Ridge’ that’s horrible!” She would do things like run up to the top of the ridge before her family got there and pretend to fall off and they would all look at her with horrified faces. She said she thought they were playing along because, ‘how many times have they seen this before?'” So she was thanking her family for letting her be so macho. “When I was a Boy”

Dar left the stage and the audience went nuts, jumping to heir feet for a standing ovation (first time I’ve ever seen this for an opening act). She came out right away and said “I took the chance that this is what you meant, but I have to leave enough time in between (acts) for clean up because Shawn will NOT stand for this!” and she gestured over her shoulder to the eagle poop.

Encore: She said she wanted to play a song with a nautical theme because there was a pond right behind her so she chose “We Learned the Sea”.

It was a wonderful, and intimate show. I noticed that quite a few people were leaving when we were too (and the zoo had been closed for 3 hours) so we weren’t the only Dar-only concertgoers.


[Dar Williams Official Site]

Album Review: The Musician by Jennifer Terran

Album Name: The Musician
Artist: Jennifer Terran
Year/Label: 2001 / Independent

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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

Jennifer Terran has made her third album a concept album about a woman, Mad Magdaline; who kills “mr Recordman”.
This is a symbolic way for the artist to prove her independence in an increasingly corporate world.
Terran is a gifted singer with a fierce intelligence that shines through in her songs.
Her intense music carries echoes of other singers from Laura Nyro to Jane Siberry, but her vision is her own.
This album will affect both the heart and the mind of the listener.

Posted on June 18, 2001

Track Listing
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1. Liberty Lunch
2. This Recording
3. The Painter
4. Mad Magdaline
5. Sweet Love
6. Sounding a Simple Chord
7. Emotional Laxatives
8. Skating
9. Sticky Sweet 8 to 5 Lady
10. Unconditional Love
11. Grand Canyon
12. Santa’s Secret
13. Magdaline Try

[Jennifer Terran Official Site]

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Comments:

Rating: 5 Stars
Comment: If Jennier Terran has a voice as much incomparable as unforgettable, it is because she is also that in real life. Her authentic and sensual voice awakes up in us emotions so deep inside that thinking of it makes nearly crying of pain or joy, as if truth had a price. But what makes her music so strong is that mix of serious and humour. Worldwide known, Jennifer Terran is like her music : independent, sensible and fragile, in a different way than musical ways. Brilliant songwriter and gifted singer, Jennifer controls her carrier, smartly and with no concession. She publishes on her label her songs that are all, in a way, only one love story, remembering all the foundations of life. Her last album, untitled simply “The musician”, is approved by all press, and is the following of the two previous albums. Except that Jennifer Terran seems to better control emotions so that she can share it with anybody who would feel the same. Sometimes serious, sometimes painful or tortured, this album explains in 13 unforgettable songs pains and hurts of human soul and the absolute necessity to live a life that is like us, even if you have to pay full price. Because there is a feeling of solitude that deserve it…
by lovingyou on Thursday, October 7, 2004

Album Review: Ariel by Louisa John-Krol

Album Name: Ariel
Artist: Louisa John-Krol
Year/Label: 2001 / Prikosnovenie

Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

Louisa John-Krol is an Australian singer who has made an album of incredible beauty. She has a great deal of lyrical depth and musical dexterity. Her songs are easy on the ear and leave a lasting impression.
There are similarities between John-Krol’s ethereal style and that of singers like Enya, but John-Krol is her own woman. She sets lines from Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” to music with breathtaking results on “Ariel”. The lovely ode to doomed folk singer Nick Drake;”Salamander” is above the trite sentiments such a subject might have inspired in others.
Louisa John-Krol is someone who puts a great deal of effort into her songs and it shows.

Posted on May 26, 2001

Track Listing
1. Blackbird
2. Red Balloon
3. Numb the Wren Tear
4. Nobeluis’ Garden
5. Beads of Rain
6. The Seagiant
7. Ariel
8. Alice in the Garden of Live Flowers
9. Tale of a Thorn
10. Salamander
11. Anemone Falling
12. Sentinel

[Louisa John-Krol Official Site]

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