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4.0 out of 5 stars Guitar Noise and Other Realities, 31 Dec 2012
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Glenn "Omaha" (Devon England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Jessica Pratt (MP3 Download)
Missouri born and San Francisco based Jessica Pratt's eponymous debut album is ostensibly rooted to a 60s folk lineage, and with the singular use of acoustic guitar and singular overt production in the multi-tracked vocal, this is a rawish folk offering. It adheres closely to a pure folk ethos in its overall simplicity, including the unpolished string twangs, screeches and fret-flattenings of Pratt's finger plucking; the vocal, however, is not beautifully pure, and it is a cross of many from the female folk line, including the occasional warble of Buffy St Marie as well as a light touch but never full grip of Joanna Newsom's piercings. The raw recording ethic is exemplified in the hiss and click-starts between tracks - which can seem fresh and obviously live - but this is overstated, for example, in the plain guitar work on sixth track 'Casper' where the instrument is surely slightly out of tune. I'm not convinced by this as being unadorned - it is more unacceptably naff. To counter this, next track 'Midnight Wheels' gets its genuine strength from that same simplicity [but the guitar is in tune] and Pratt's vocal is absolutely clear and confidently in control, reminding me very much of Beverly Martyn. Similar can be said of ninth track 'Mother Big River' and this illustrates both the increasing appeal as the album progresses as well as how exercising care does not compromise authenticity. Indeed, these three and next two tracks 'Streets of Mine' and 'Titles Under Pressure' form an impressive core to the ideal of keeping it real, especially with the ceasing of multi-tracked vocals, and emulating folk roots from the past. Final track 'Dreams' is a live offering, so not that different from much else on the album, apart from an accompanying male vocal.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Echoes Of The Summer Of Love, 2 Dec 2012
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The Wolf (uk) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Jessica Pratt (MP3 Download)
Jessica Pratt hails from San Francisco and her debut album is not-a-little
touched by the spirit of The Summer Of Love. Ms Pratt is a hippie at heart;
even the album artwork gives a nod and wink in the direction of late-sixties
Biba-esque, kohl-eyed, patchouli-scented psychedelic romanticism. These eleven
compositions owe much to early Joni Mitchell in mood and structure; largely
minor key, melancholy and full of plaintive melodies framed in stripped-down
arrangements for voice and guitar. Truth-be-told this is a voice which took
me a while to warm to but it seems to have crept up quietly behind me and
taken me prisoner. Perhaps it's the fragile somewhat wobbly tone; perhaps
the simple authenticity of her words and guileless delivery; perhaps, in
the end, because these are, in their own beguiling way, such good songs.

Pick of the crop would have to include the bitter-sweet 'Hollywood'; 'Half
Twain The Jesse', a song for a bonfire-lit summer night by the ocean's edge;
the gently rolling 'Mother Big River', full of melancholic folksy charm and
the delightful 'Streets Of Mine', a perfect little ballad in its own way.

Sink back into a pile of crushed velvet cushions, light a joss stick and enjoy!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great service, 29 Dec 2013
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Received very promptly and in great condition. I had read the other reviews so was expecting it to be a great cd and it did not disappoint.
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