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John Jennings
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop
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All Artists: John Jennings
Title: Buddy
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 2
Label: Vanguard Records
Release Date: 1/21/1997
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop
Styles: Classic Country, Traditional Folk, Contemporary Folk, Singer-Songwriters
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 015707949620

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Outstanding solo debut!
Keith Avera ( | Atlanta, Georgia | 08/06/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Fans of Mary Chapin Carpenter are already familiar (whether they realize it or not) with John Jennings's virtuoso guitar playing and production skills as her number-one musical partner. With his debut solo CD, "Buddy", John steps onto center stage to reveal himself to be a superb songwriter and singer as well. His lyrics range from the wry humor of "Everybody Loves Me" to the ominously seductive "Run Run Run" (inspired, he as said, by reading too many Anne Rice novels) to the poignant eloquence of "Willie Short", in which a man dying of AIDS (inspired by a magazine picture of a real-life Houston dishwasher) pleads, "Don't forget me/From time to time mention my name".John and co-producer Bob Dawson have put together a spare, tasteful production, and John's instrumental talents shine as well, with him playing a good many of the instruments in addition to the guitar.The blend of plaintive ballads, bouncy up-tempo so! ngs, and hip, jazz-tinged numbers defies categorization. You can simply file this one under "great music"."
emringgold | Milwaukee, WI United States | 12/07/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)

"John Jennings's experience in studio production shines in his solo debut album. He's worked for years co-producing albums with Mary Chapin Carpenter, and has produced for other artists as well. But he is a less experienced writer, and the songs on this CD are uneven. One brilliant song "Willie Short" is an exception, and this one song might be worth the purchase. He is also used to singing back-up, and his voice sounds like an average nice guy, but is not really memorable. I feel the production is stronger than the writing."