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Jenn Adams - Under the Gypsy Sky

Under the Gypsy Sky

Jenn Adams

White Boxer Music - WBM 0014

Available from CD Baby.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Roberta B. Schwartz
(rschwart@bowdoin.edu)

Jenn Adams is a wonderful surprise. She has a beautifully expressive, supple voice that easily moves from her natural mid-range into a soaring soprano. She writes evocative, poetic lyrics that make you want to listen to every word, in addition to every note. Rob Reinhart, of Acoustic Café Radio, has called her the "best unsigned artist of the year!" Someone out there needs to grab this girl quick, put her in the studio, and get her music out there on the mainstream stage.

On Under the Gypsy Sky, Adams has enlisted Nashville producer Frosty Horton, who surrounds her beautifully-rendered music and lyrics with topnotch session musicians.

Standouts include the title track, Under the Gypsy Sky, where the singer imagines herself born into "a thousand life times" under that mystical gypsy moon. Adams's voice is smooth and lovely, slipping into a bit of jazz as she is aided by Steve Allen on horns. Try to keep still listening to this tune!

When I Grow Up, with its catchy melody and interesting chord changes, is so good that you sit up and take notice from the first note. It has a devil may care air about it, which is infectious.

Gillian Welch's Pass You By is one of the recording's best cuts. Adams makes it her own with her rich, bluesy vocals and the expert musicians who back her up. M.B. Gordy on drums and percussion, George Marinelli on electric retro guitar, and Steve Conn on piano are especially good here.

Long Ride Home is the kind of song all good songwriters which they had written. It is one of those story songs that keeps the listener holding on until the final note.

The music of Jenn Adams takes you on a journey filled with rich, poetic images, and pulls you in with a warm, supple voice that covers everything from blues to jazz to folk. Under the Gypsy Sky sparkles with one wonderfully written tune after another. And the Nashville production and musicians cannot be topped. I loved this recording. And here's hoping that someone signs Adams quick, and puts her up where she belongs.

Track List:

  • Under the Gypsy Sky
  • Twenty Acres
  • When I Grow Up
  • Some Kind of Angel
  • Pass You By (Gillian Welch/David Rowlings)
  • Shine
  • My Love is True
  • In the Red Light
  • Four White Ponies
  • Homeward Bound
  • Last Time I Saw Kansas
  • Love Me Easy
  • Long Ride Home
  • Sidewinder
All songs written by Jenn Adams except where noted.

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2008, Peterborough Folk Music Society and Roberta B. Schwartz.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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