The Simply Said Sessions
Artist: Jo Davidson
Brimming with intensity, this collection of 14 exquisitely touching songs by Jo Davidson reads like a memoir. Recorded in a converted horse stables in Newport, Rhode Island with co-producer Steve Rizzo (Kristin Hersh), this NYC based artist takes us on an authentic journey of the seasons that love and relationships go through. Diving into her own experiences as well as observations, Jo explores passion in all its constructive as well as destructive forms, as well as the events of 9-11.... (which she witnessed from her window). This album is a journey that eventually ends with hope, in the solo piano piece "Carousel," which amazingly is reminiscent of Chopin or Erik Satie. Not only does she create beautifully crafted pop songs, but she composes stunning classical melodies full of yearning and reflection. If you appreciate artists such as Aimee Mann, Suzanne Vega, Norah Jones, Duncan Sheik, Tori Amos, or Jill Sobule with a touch of The Beatles sprinkled in, if you are tired of the meaningless fare offered up in today's corrupt music industry, then you'll love the purity of Jo Davidson's "The Simply Said Sessions." It's nice to slow down again, and it is rare for someone to get us to do so. Not meant to be digested like a soundbite or a fast food meal, this is a wonderfully unpolished look at real life. It unfolds slowly and packs a punch.