Jennifer Niceley | Luminous

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Pop: Pop/Rock Jazz: Jazz-Pop Moods: Type: Lyrical
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by Jennifer Niceley

A complex brand of pop music with elements of the old school r&b and jazz records of the 60's. A truly classic singing voice that speaks clearly to a contemporary audience.
Genre: Pop: Pop/Rock
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1. A Little More
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2. Blind Woman
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3. Shadows and Mountains
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4. Beautiful
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5. Dark Eyes
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6. Strange Animal
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7. Sycamore Tree
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8. Nightwalk
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9. Luminous
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Album Notes
"Niceley's impressive Billie Holiday-inspired vocal style has earned her critical praise in Music City. Her vocals are sultry, seductive, and hypnotically filled with the heavy themes of love, sacrifice, nostalgia, and identity...To be sure, there's much more than potential in this brilliant creation from Jennifer Niceley. Produced by her guitarist and kindred spirit Joe McMahan, the record features Niceley's sultry vocals prominently, and is peppered with jazzy dissonant guitar solos (Joe McMahan), while beautifully arranged strings (Chris Carmichael) ebb and flow throughout the record. The pace is purposefully slow, creating reflective moods and tranquil landscapes complemented by compelling narratives.."
(Vincent Wayne, ListenNashville, 9/07)

"A poetic record that never sounds pretentious, Luminous incorporates dissonant guitars, swaying strings and pregnant pauses, and recalls the fat, live sound of an early-’60s blues record. It takes a special talent to retool Don Robey and Joe Scott’s “Blind Man”— rendered by Bobby Bland on his 1964 Ain’t Nothing You Can Do LP, and later covered by Little Milton and Traffic—as “Blind Woman,” but Niceley’s version is a bluesy slow drag that might be the record’s triumph. When she sings, “I’m living in a world of darkness / But that don’t bother me,” it’s heroic, crazy and thrilling."
(Edd Hurt, Nashville Scene, 9/07)


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Christopher N. Robertson

I saw her and her band in St. louis Missouri
One of the worlds best musicians
Should Sing next James Bond film song

Ken Lawrence

absolutely speechless!
I can usually put in to word anything I hear musically. This however is nothing like I've ever e imagined before. The songs on this CD defy all conventional categories. to put it simply this is a voice that is to be heard to be believed and experienced best by listening to it. Like the Billy Joel song said, You can't get the sound from the story in a magazine. This is really a lovely different kind of experience.

David R Ripper

This is amazing music - the voice, the interpretation, the band's own inventiveness. I've read the comparisons other reviewers have made to Ms Nicely's singing on Seven Songs, and I do get the connections they point out, but here especially she reminds me of Mary Margaret O'Hara. From me, that is very high praise.

Van DeLisle

A little like Seven Songs, Jennifer's new CD took two or three listenings to sink in. Luminous indeed. And luscious, luxurious, lovely and maybe even a little lurid. Jennifer and Joe McMahan have created a masterpiece. This is unbelievably beautiful and complex stuff. I can't even pin some of this down, tiny snatches of songs, long ago.. like the countrypolitan strings on Dark Eyes. So very cool. The title tune sums it up, between Jennifer's extraordinary voice and McMahan's absolutely brilliant guitar work, this is easily THE top CD of the year.