There is a term that bounces around pundit-land that is usually used with an indifferent or arrogant sigh. It can either stand alone or be surrounded by desultory qualifiers. The damning phrase is "Oh, such 'n such is just another girl with her guitar."
Well, not Jennifer Eden or her full length debut The Road Home. There's a girl and there's her guitar, but there's also a strong sense of purpose, artistry, and perhaps most importantly, integrity. The twelve originals on The Road Home employ strong contemporary stylings while echoing haunting ancient voices, as Eden displays a crisp vitality and fluid technique on both classical and nylon string guitars, creating a singular, introspective listening experience.
If I may offer one criticism: On future releases, I'm sincerely hoping Eden will consider other sparse instrumental accompaniment to highlight more of her melodic and harmonic intent. Maybe a second guitar playing counterpoint. Maybe a string quartet or stand alone cello, or violin. Either way, I look forward to more music from Jennifer Eden.
Higlights include: Erika, Annadale Station, Rebirth, and Valediction.
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