Album – Montpelier – Jane Taylor

Posted by admin on October 17th, 2007

  • Band / Artist : Jane TaylormySpace
  • Genre : Acoustic/Jazz
  • Sample Track Download : N/A
  • Buy CD : Amazon
  • Buy Digital Download : iTunes
  • Rating : 9 out of 10

There’s many different styles of female vocalists that appeal to me. I do have to admit however I do have a soft spot for ones that have that air of vulnerability. Jane Taylor is one such artist, possessing such a delicate voice, that I feel an almost compelling need to scoop her up and tell her things really are going to be OK.

“Fall on Me” is a delicate song that really emphasis Jane’s diminutive vocals. It’s almost a contradiction, but with this particular track, she reminds me of Cyndi Lauper. Quite the contradiction, but that vocal similarity is evident. “My Street” is a wonderful track, that really paints an aural picture in fine and atmospheric detail. There’s a lot here that reminds me of Suzanne Vega’s first album, which is high praise indeed, as her debut is probably one of my top albums of all time, both for content and the memories it evokes.

“Hit the Ground” again brings to mind another artists that evokes fond memories for me, Eddie Reeder, formerly of Fairground Attraction. OK comparisons abound in this review, but that’s not to say this is weak, also ran album because of it. Three songs, and three comparisons to artists who are simply amazing is no mean feat. What would not surprise me, is if in the near future, I’m not making comparisons to Jane Taylor, because here is an artist that quite frankly blows my socks off, in the best possible way.

“Landslide” has a delightful guitar intro and then the piano starts and I’m in heaven as soon as Jane opens her mouth. Just the right ingredients to make a wonderful song. I’ve been particularly aware of the production quality of albums of late and here again, everything is perfectly balanced, allowing everything to fuse into a perfect blend.

“Getting to Me” is the track that brings the journey to an end and I have to pray that this is just one journey of many.

Conclusion : It’s albums like this that really remind me how spoiled I am. Reviewing this album was a sheer delight. I can feel the greed gurgling already, wanting more albums, but impatiently wanting them now.

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