Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Pop, Rock
Jen Chapin has stretched out on Linger, her third disc, adding additional musicians and a string section to accompany her evocative tunes, rather than relying solely on husband Stephan Crump?s double bass to underscore her... more »
Jen Chapin has stretched out on Linger, her third disc, adding additional musicians and a string section to accompany her evocative tunes, rather than relying solely on husband Stephan Crump?s double bass to underscore her shape-shifting vocalizations as she did on 2002?s Open Wide. Her earlier effort was a stark, chilly affair, the only warmth coming from her idiosyncratic voice, which ranges from a Minnie Riperton meow, to a smoky blues moan, to an R&B rasp. Overtime Chapin?s voice has become a more sophisticated instrument that moves effortlessly from the steamy pages of her diary to the after-hours clubs in Munich, to the tragedy of child soldiers in West Africa, without sounding a false note. A Berklee trained lyricist, and a tireless advocate against poverty and world hunger, Chapin combines the personal with political, writing with a conscience and grace that one rarely encounters. --Jaan Uhelszki
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Ahhhh...The JOY of discovery
M. Cirba | Philadelphia, PA | 02/26/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I picked up this CD two nights ago on a whim, having been a huge fan of her father's. I had expected perhaps just another son or daughter of a famous artist following vainly in their parent's footsteps. This record is anything but..Simply put, I can't get enough of it. It's a stunning and hauntingly fresh blend of multiple derivative sources, yet remains sharply original and innovative. Her voice captivates, enthralls, and grabs your attention, at once teasing and demanding, explaining and questioning, and she turns phrases in ways that convey multiple, complex meanings and adds playful new twists to common phrasings.I hesitate to compare her to her father, as this record deserves to stand on its own right, free of such baggage. Suffice to say that fans of her father's will smile at the musical winks and nods to dad, but Jen Chapin is a singularly distinctive artist in her own right, often relying on simple sentences to communicate a point directy, or just letting the creative arrangements of her backing music lead us on an unexpected journey of discovery. I welcome you to listen to this record with the same cynical ear that I had and see if she doesn't melt you. "Linger" is an engaging and seductively brilliant first effort by a woman of obvious creative talent, backed by a voice that sends shivers up your spine. Do yourself a favor and then see if you can take it out of your CD player."
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heatha26 | New York, NY | 03/07/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There is nothing like listening to songs from an artist that is in love with the craft of making music. Jen Chapin's collection of tunes on Linger takes us on journeys of love, loss, apathy, hope, joy and trust. The melodies meander along different paths, but we can still feel centered as we listen to the layers and layers of gorgeous instrumentation that is nestled in and around her warm voice. Jen, apparently, hasn't been able to escape comparisons to Norah Jones, and while Norah is a talented musician herself, I don't think the two sound similar at all. Jen's music is dirtier and full-bodied...her lyrics challenge and her soul bares all. No two songs sound alike on Linger and it's evident that Chapin's influences extend across many genres and time periods. In this business of covers, sampling and copycat blondes, this chocolate-haired maven brings it home with a truly unique release. Linger is a must-have."
Sweet and Lowdown
billkellynyc | Chicago, IL United States | 02/25/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In a world of in-your-face performers with questionable talent, Jen Chapin's sweet and tender soul, powerful voice, and introspective lyrics make this a standout, go-to album. Her deep NYC roots are evident in this CD, and even more so in her live show, if you are lucky enough to see her perform."