Album Review: At the Back of the North Wind by Jennifer Grassman

Album Name: At the Back of the North Wind
Artist: Jennifer Grassman
Year/Label: 2007 / Independent

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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

Jennifer Grassman’s debut takes its title and inspiration from a fantasy novel by George MacDonald.

Her evocative songs and piano playing are at the center of the album.

“Truth is fulfilling” is a strong song, Grassman’s lovely voice at its best. A slight Tori Amos influence can be felt.

“Time” is lush and sweeping, Grassman managing to harmonize with herself nicely.

“Pretty Girls” is haunting and plaintive; Grassman singing of a great sadness. The song rises to a dramatic pitch and becomes all the better for it.

“Mourning Star” is another highlight, Grassman making a classic piano-led ballad, with intriguing lyrics.

This album’s a strong debut.

Posted on March 20, 2007

Track Listing
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1 At The Back Of The North Wind
2 Truth Is Fulfilling
3 Time
4 Much Like Dreams
5 The Mockingbird
6 Pretty Girls
7 I Waited So Long
8 For Always
9 Once More
10 Heavenward
11 Mourning Star
12 Jonna McLane
13 The Sweet Wind
14 White Roses
15 With You
16 One Last Time
17 Michaella’s Song

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