Walter Mencken 7 p.m., Dec. 10
- Hometown CD Review (Jan. 9, 2008)
Man, can Jenn Grinels sing! Her sultry voice growls at the hot, slow parts in song one, “Misery,” and it rings out like gold in the quick-paced and heartfelt track three, “No Better.” The album is all sweet acoustic tracks, and even in that simple form she makes each song interesting, using deft transitions between the highest and lowest notes of her considerable range.
The songwriting is pretty good, too. Grinels avoids the cliché trappings of her genre — acoustic love and breakup songs — and she embraces genuine, original lyrics without the smartypants overtones or anger of her indie-girl-group contemporaries. She is the real, talented epitome of today’s best indie music.
Grinel’s music would be perfect to me if she had a little more indignation and animal aggression. With that, I think she could hang with Johnette Napolitano.
2) I Know Your Heart
3) No Better
7) Somewhere Between
10) Happy Birthday
11) Can’t Stay Here