Jessa Anderson - Not Myself Anymore

Published Tuesday 10th January 2012
Jessa Anderson - Not Myself Anymore
Jessa Anderson - Not Myself Anymore

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 116352-18734
LABEL: BEC Recordings 5099909550025
RELEASE DATE: 2011-09-12
RRP: £1.00

Reviewed by Lins Honeyman

Having been recently signed to Seattle's BEC Recordings, Nashville singer/songwriter Jessa Anderson's record label debut, after two independent albums, sees her team up with respected producers Brandon Perdue (Kellie Pickler, The Ember Days) and Kevin Bruchert (The Glorious Unseen, Abandon). Anderson's pleasant enough delivery is very much in the vein of female counterparts Ginny Owens and Vanessa Carlton but such similarities, coupled with a collection of occassionally bland self-penned songs, make for an album that sounds as though it's all been done before. With an obvious desire to glorify God, Anderson chooses to include the worshipful "Offering" and "Worship The Lamb" but more personal songs such as the title track and "Don't Know" come across as navel gazing. By far the best cuts on the album are the title and the radio friendly "I Won't Break". Those two are strong enough to make the album worth investigating.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Not What I Thought [Listen]
2. Fireflies [Listen]
3. Everybody Has Those Days [Listen]
4. Worship The Lamb [Listen]
5. The Same Place [Listen]
6. Not Myself Anymore [Listen]
7. I Won't Break [Listen]
8. Moving On [Listen]
9. Offering [Listen]
10. Don't Know [Listen]
11. Return [Listen]

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Product Description

Jessa Andersonís second independent release fell into the hands of someone at BEC Recordings and soon evolved into her label debut, Not Myself Anymore.

The label liked Jessaís sound so much, in fact, that aside from a few minor tweaks and repackaged artwork, she never had to re-record a single song, a tribute to Andersonís talent and her producersíóBrandon Perdue and Kevin Bruchertó attention to detail.

Drawing from an influential pool of strong female songwriters such as Sara Groves, Nichole Nordeman and Ginny Owens, Andersonís music reflects a constant wrestling with the unknown and the darkest parts of humanity right alongside the gritty, everyday things that make up the human life. ďI always gravitated toward women who were writing their own music and just that honesty. Thatís what I like to listen to, and hopefully thatís what Iím communicating when Iím writing songs, too,Ē she shares.

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