Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Getting Past the Static
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Seattle-raised acoustic prodigy Jen Wood may speak softly, but she carries a big guitar. On her debut solo release, Getting Past the Static, Wood does just that, but not with raucous songs cast above the din. Instead, she ... more »
Seattle-raised acoustic prodigy Jen Wood may speak softly, but she carries a big guitar. On her debut solo release, Getting Past the Static, Wood does just that, but not with raucous songs cast above the din. Instead, she turns to the delicate power of acoustic melodies, vocal harmonies and spare song structures. At 21, Wood has an uncanny knack for zeroing in on moments of greatest emotional tension, crafting nuanced, haunting melodies that turn those moments inside out. Before you run off crying "Jewel!" understand that Wood is neither overly-earnest nor precociously self-conscious. When she sits down to strum out the 10-minute "Caught Halo," it's actually worth 10 minutes of your time. --Nick Heil
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David Hewitt | Philadelphia, PA | 09/03/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Not quite so raw as "No More Wading" and not quite so polished as her later works, this album captures Jen Wood at a very appealing moment in her burgeoning career. The highest compliment I can give it is that it literally gives me chills; only the most genuine and immediate kind of music and artist could manage this effect, but the distinct lack of studio sophistication is the main element which enables "Getting Past the Static" to latch onto and burrow into the listener. Wood's voice is similarly unpretensious, it is clear and strong yet vulnerable and uncommonly honest. Her songs aren't perfect, relying too much at times on repetition, but in their stripped (acoustic guitar and voice only) form, they are dramatic without affectation, intimate beyond description. 'Invitation to Plastic' and 'Bullet Box' are self-affirming, defiant; 'Bend' and 'Stay' are wrenching. They're also interesting musically, as Wood demonstrates a good ear for chord sequencing and aural arpeggios reminiscent of Joni Mitchell's first album. It is a crime that this, as well as practically all of her other recordings are out of print. Perhaps there are singer-songwriters with more overall talent than Jen Wood, but absolutely none with more sincerity. She deserves real recognition."
Emotions driving along side you
email@example.com | from bayou | 05/07/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Her album can stir you up inside. It has a warm tone and driving guitar. A good album for the time right before bed - get your brain moving and soul resting."
Oh my oh my oh my...should i even have to say it?
firstname.lastname@example.org | 04/07/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Jen Wood is an amazing songstress. You must have this album. Acoustic guitar and the most amazing voice you've ever heard. Heartwrenching lyrics that make you want to smile and cry...you can't decide which. You just must get this album...and get Tattletale's album as well (her old band)...and while yer at it, get Bonfire Madigan's too. tah-tah. KRS RAWKS!!!"