Jacqueline Francis | Tales & Songs from Helen Gonne

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Tales & Songs from Helen Gonne

by Jacqueline Francis

Emotionally and intellectually driven songs, a biting sense of irony, and warm, engaging, powerful vocals.
Genre: Pop: Piano
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1. My Name
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2. The End of Your Story
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3. Wrong Turn
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4. Wonderwall
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5. I'll Deny Everything
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6. "The Family Was A Large One..." (feat. Andy Cambria)
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7. "She Demands From Me 41 Reasons..." (feat. Zachariah Hickman)
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8. "...The Old Man's Voice Was Soothing..." (feat. Benjamin Grotto)
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9. "Children Are Bad For Business." (feat. Matt Smith)
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Album Notes
"This is what I like to call 'The Genuine Article'....the purest of pure. This woman has a voice that would give Joni Mitchell goosebumps....." (DEREK SIVERS)

"A crafty, experienced vocalist who knows how to build and cultivate a mood...." (MAVERICK MAGAZINE, UK)

"The greatest writer I have met.....Gifted and talented beyond belief." (GREGORY PAGE)

"Comparisons to Aimee Mann and Eva Cassidy are well deserved." (WESTPORT MAGAZINE)

Tales & Songs from Helen Gonne, produced by Benjamin Grotto (Dresden Dolls, Jules Shear) marks the bonafide debut release of Jacqueline Francis.

Tales & Songs from Helen Gonne includes the exceptional drummer Christopher Santos, and the unparalleled Zachariah Hickman (Josh Ritter, Lori McKenna) on bass. The album also includes contributions from Neil Cleary, Andy Cambria (Broken Blossoms), Dinty Child (Session Americana), cellist Valerie Thompson (Goli), and Hammond guru Eric Welsh.

The album also includes four post-modern absurdist sketches inspired by the writing of Donald Barthelme.


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I won't deny anything about *loving* this album!
Often times after being at a live show, I'll buy the artist's CD only to return home and find that something seems to have been lost in translation from the energy of the stage to the relative starkness of the recording studio. Listening to Tales & Songs from Helen Gonne is one of those rare times I've experienced the recorded tracks with the same vibrance and energy as hearing them live. Each song on the album is as terrific as it is diverse. All four of the original compositions are both musically and lyrically strong, and the emotions conveyed therein ring as genuine and true. In particular, I challenge anyone to listen to "I'll Deny Everything" and not find themselves (consciously or otherwise) humming the tune for days to come.

Amazingly, Jacqueline has even managed to take a song ("Wonderwall") that would often make me groan and reach for the tuning dial when it was played on the radio, and transform it into something at once beautiful and habit-forming. I can't think of the last time I preferred a cover so completely and thoroughly to the original.

All in all, Tales & Songs is a stunningly high quality first CD release from Jacqueline Francis. Her talent as both a pianist and a vocalist is truly exceptional, and I eagerly look forward to the next release!