Jane - Seedling

Wednesday 1st December 2004
Jane - Seedling
Jane - Seedling

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

Reviewed by Andrew Segal

Following on from the good reception of her first album in 2002, 'Close Up And Real', British singer/songwriter Jane's second CD was recorded during what is described as a "painful time" in her life. This is clearly reflected in her lyrics, which look at saying goodbye to loved ones, waiting for signs to carry on, plus the themes of blame and responsibility. But during her painful journey, she has used the time wisely to touch upon several musical genres, many of which feature on the album, which she has dedicated to "those who wait." From the Bob Dylan-esque use of acoustic guitar and harmonica of the first track, "Never Thought It Was Love", Jane immediately moves to floaty and echoey pop for her second offering, "Place To Find You". And just when you think you know what's coming next, the funk-influenced introduction of" Show Me Where The Lonely People Go" takes you down another musical road. These musical twists and turns continue through the 10 songs and make use of everything from country rock to Enya-like atmospheres in what is a predominantly upbeat and certainly enjoyable collection from someone who deserves recognition as a singer/songwriter. The last words on her lyric sheet are "you were waiting so long." I hope she doesn't have to for much longer.

The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a later date.

Interested in reviewing music? Find out more here.

Sample Track Listing:
1. Never Thought It Was Love [Listen]
2. (Free) Place To Find You [Listen]
3. Show Me Where The Lonely People Go [Listen]
4. Daddy [Listen]
5. I Wanna Stay Blind [Listen]
6. Showdown (Waiting For A Sign) [Listen]
7. Never To Blame [Listen]
8. Place To Find You (Acoustic Mix) [Listen]
9. I See It All Now [Listen]
10. Seedling [Listen]

This track data is supplied by the Cross Rhythms CD/DVD review library. Please note that CD tracks may vary according to release region or product version.

Be the first to comment on this article

We welcome your opinions but libellous and abusive comments are not allowed.

We are committed to protecting your privacy. By clicking 'Send comment' you consent to Cross Rhythms storing and processing your personal data. For more information about how we care for your data please see our privacy policy.