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In my view 1 of the best debut's of 2004 - Finally woken!,
This review is from: Finally Woken (Audio CD)
Having never heard of Jem, before I was not sure if I would like her at all!
What a debut!! That is all I can say!
Jem Griffiths hails from wales and her voice has the same type of melodic qualities that Dido is lauded for without the slightly flat sound that haunts some of her more demanding tracks..
The opening track has a Foxbase Alpha meets Russian Folk meets Bond *the modern classics group* to it.
All those styles are fused together with superb backing vocals.
Finally woken (track 3) starts with what sounds like a Minnie Ripperton "Loving you" sample (its not but it reminds me of her) and then fuses that with gorgeous vocals tripping over a hip-hop beat.
There are a number of stand-outs and I could and would run out of words highlighting & describing them all.
Songs like "Wish I" (a tribute to that 60's lounge sound) "Just A Ride" (glorious hedonism unbridalled) "Falling For You" & "Flying High" also deserve a mention.
My advice would be buy this one!! You won't regret it.... Jem has REAL talent and is 1 to watch for sure!
There is also a belle & sebastien feel to this, particularly the newer stuff with Trevor Horn.