Jenifer Jackson | The Outskirts Of A Giant Town

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The Outskirts Of A Giant Town

by Jenifer Jackson

Soulful, sultry, dreamlike, melodic, with bossa nova-soul-pop-feel.
Genre: Folk: like Joni
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1. Don't Fade
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2. Suddenly Unexpectedly
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3. Saturday
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4. I Want to Start Something
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5. Dreamland
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6. Breathe
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7. The Outskirts of a Giant Town
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8. Anywhere I Would journey
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9. More Than Nothing
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10. Summer's Over
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11. The Change
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Jenifer Jackson is a New York City based singer songwriter. Her writing and singing style are classic, understated, melodic and have been compared to greats such as Burt Bacharach, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Astrud Gilberto, Chet Baker, Marvin Gaye.

Her themes are love, nature, time and the fleeting aspects of all these things. She finds universal elements in the personal experiences that shape life, always, with a note of hope.

She has traveled the world playing her music. THE OUTSKIRTS OF A GIANT TOWN is her newest effort, recorded live, with all her band, in a room all together. This process captures a spontaneous feel, where each musician plays off the others. Her vocals are natural and live, inspired by the moment of the performance with her beloved band.

This music sweeps the listener away into a dream-like state, where love, beauty, light, darkness, and timelessness prevail.

Latest review of OUTSKIRTS:

March 2007 TRIFECTAgram
Choice pick:
Jenifer Jackson – The Outskirts of a Giant Town

Her best album, the first instant classic to be
released this year. Over the course of her previous
six albums, Jackson has carved out a niche that is
uniquely her own, even though she wears her
influences on her sleeve (Bacharach, the Beatles, and
Brazilian jazz/pop most notably). There’s an
impressive clarity of vision that pervades her music
–a courageous one. It’s what Camus meant by “lucidite”
– it’s evident from the first song on this album that
this is someone who is firing on all cylinders, every
synapse wide awake and often painfully aware of what’s
going on. Her melancholy, intricate, jazz-inflected
psychedelia doesn’t shy away from despair or
loneliness. But there’s always a light at the end of
the tunnel: as strange as it may seem at first listen,
this is ultimately a hopeful, optimistic album.
Recorded live in the studio in order to evince as much
interplay between musicians as possible, it’s a
multistylistic tour de force, opening with Don’t Fade,
old school 60s- 70s soul with fluttery organ fills
and a soaring vocal. Like Sandy Denny, Jackson’s
formidable prowess as a singer may not be physical –
she’s not a big belter – but she packs an emotional
wallop.

The album’s next cut Suddenly Unexpectedly, set to a
fast shuffle beat with a bossa melody and layers of
keys is pure psychedelic tropicalia. The following
track, Saturday, is something of an epic, the most
powerful song she’s ever recorded. It starts out
somewhat Beatlesque, like a George song from the White
Album. She pedals a chord through the verse, then all
of a sudden the minor-key chorus descends: “It doesn’t
matter anyway – I’ll keep it in my memory, that lovely
Saturday” Then the second verse kicks in, and
everything picks up a notch. Jackson is also a
painter, and as the images unwind, this tersely
imagistic portrait of a young woman absolutely and
heartbreakingly alone is absolutely, heartbreakingly
beautiful.

After that, we get I Want to Start Something, more
old-school soul psychedelia, accordionist Sonny
Barbato playing some delicious licks off Jackson’s
equally tasty rhythm guitar. Then her voice takes
flight again at the end of the verse: “I’d like to
find a place that feels like home…been so many places
I don’t know why I can’t find it.”

The next cut Dreamland begins with a strangely
captivating, tinkly piano intro into a wash of
cymbals, then Jackson’s guitar kicks in all by itself.
It’s Nashville gothic with all kinds of eerie, echoey
effects from lead player Oren Bloedow’s guitar,
scarier than the fast, bluegrass-inflected version she
used to play live, and a gorgeously sad lyric: “The
way you loved me was a sin/I played a game I couldn’t
win/But still I tried to enter in/To the outer edge of
Dreamland.”

Other standout tracks on the cd include the title
track, gentle pastoral raga rock evocative of
Meddle-era Pink Floyd, with an amazing piano break by
Barbato; Anywhere I Would Journey, with its slow
descending progression and watery lead guitar; The
Change, an epic old-school soul song that Isaac Hayes
would be proud to have written; and For You, which
with its tricky time changes and 60s garage rock feel
wouldn’t be out of place on a Love Camp 7 record.

This album is generously multi-purpose: it’s a hell of
a headphone album, it would make a great bedroom
record, but it’s also a good thing to give to anyone
you know who’s going off the deep end. Jackson’s
gentle, soft voice and her wise, knowing lyrics offer
a kind of solace that’s completely absent in indie
rock, and the inspiring interplay of the killer band
behind her is mesmerizing. She deserves props for
having the guts to reach down into the abyss to come
up with some of the songs on this album, while never
losing sight of the subtle, frequently surreal wit
that so many of them are imbued with. It’s only March,
but I think we’ve found the best album of 2007 and
this is it. Cds are available at cdbaby.com, in better
record stores and at shows, peep the website,
http://www.jeniferjackson.com. Jenifer Jackson and
band play the Mercury Lounge on Monday March 19 at 8
PM


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Ken Lawrence

sweet, true pop music the way it's supposed to be
On First listen this CD doesn't sound like the Jenifer of previous works, but guess that's because the growth as a song crafter is very apparent. this is true pop music, not the thin tortilla voices you hear on your local top 40 station. too bad the music industry has forgotten what really good pop music is, fortunately we know where to find it

sj

so lovely
i love all of jenifer's music and her new album is certainly no exception! her songs just get better and better the more you listen to them.
also, the album graphic design/photos are beautiful.