Jane - Close Up And Real

Thursday 1st May 2003
Jane - Close Up And Real
Jane - Close Up And Real

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
LABEL: Independent CD01
RRP: £10.00

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

According to the sleeve the 16 tracks (plus a remix) on here are culled from 10 years of recordings representing Jane’s “early faltering steps into the world of music as well as my most recent work.” I’m pleased that Jane Winiberg kept on the journey because clearly the lass has bags of talent both as a songwriter and singer. There’s a wide variety of styles here, haunting acoustic narrative songs (“Borderline”), country-tinged opuses (“One Voice”), while the resplendently named “The Cauliflower Song” isn’t as you might suspect from that title a comedy cut, but a haunting groove (especially the remix) dealing with the dangers of entertaining thoughts about a fantasy lover. The fascinating selection ends with a haunting song of faith, “You Are (My Refuge And Strength)”. Definitely a talent to watch, let’s not have to wait 10 years for another album, Jane.

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