Album Review: The Truth about Suffering by Jamie Leonhart

Album Name: The Truth about Suffering
Artist: Jamie Leonhart
Year/Label: 2008 / Sunnyside Records

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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

I’ve reviewed an ep by Jamie Leonhart and here’s her full-length debut. It includes songs from the ep and the jazzy feel is intact. I’d call it lounge music but it’s not just relaxed, it has real soul.

Opener Take Your Time is languid and has impeccable vocal.

Forward Motion from the ep is still great and could give Norah Jones a run for her money. Leonhart has wonderful phrasing and technique that makes her a natural for this kind of a song.

Rainbow Connection is a song from the Muppets, which fits right in and feels like a jazz standard from the forties.

The title song gives a lovelorn view of life, and Leonhart’s precision with her singing really works. The subtle instrumentation neither drowns nor overwhelms her, but works with her.

Jamie Leonhart’s debut is a class act all the way.

Posted on April 5, 2008

Track Listing
Listen to track samples while you read
1. Take Your Time
2. Area
3. Forward Motion
4. Hush
5. Grow
6. Who Says Words
7. Spider And The Fly (Intro)
8. The Truth About Suffering
9. Simple Day
10. Sheltering Sky
11. Enconium
12. The Truth About Suffering (Reprise)
13. Spider And The Fly
14. Satisfy Your Soul
15. Rainbow Connection
16. After The Rain

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