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The Girl Can Sing !,
This review is from: Who You Are (Audio CD)
Better late than never. This Old Wolf that is! Jessica Cornish
seems to have arrived at exactly the right time. I heard the
singles; I saw the music videos; I liked what I'd heard and seen.
What I hadn't been quite prepared for with the debut album is
just what an extraordinarily good singer Ms J. is. World Class
at 23 and then some! I didn't need to listen much futher than the
live recording of 'Big White Room'. The room errupts with amazement
and palpable affection. I shouted too (much to Mrs Wolf's surprise!)
It is a phenomenal performance by any standard known to man or beast!
The magic doesn't stop there however. Ms J. knows how to write a good
tune and there are thirteen of them here. This girl has SOUL. Natural,
abundant and free as the wind. The voice is wonderfully flexible and
unaffected. 'Casualty Of Love' is another terrific example of her
ability to find the heart of a song and run with it; the glorious
arabesques and decorations spin out into the air like silver fireworks.
It's very clear that she doesn't have to think about it that much :
it just comes out that way! (To think that this is just the beginning!)
I tend to gravitate towards the ballads and torch songs in any R&B
collection but there's one heck of a lot of funky fun to be had here too.
Of the uptempo numbers 'Who's Laughing Now' is a particularly feisty
example. It's pretty near impossible not to get out of your rocking
chair, kick off your slippers and dance! Ms J. demonstrates her razor
sharp larynx and wit to fine effect. So too with 'Do It Like A Dude'.
The stupendous retro burlesque shenanigans of 'Mamma Know's Best'
gives Ms Aguilera a run for her money. It's a blistering highlight!
For my money the truly beautiful 'I Need This' is the outright winner.
To say that the vocal performance made my hair stand on end would be
an understatement. Ms J sings it like she means it and I believed it too.
(Having said that the simply constructed but deeply affecting
final track 'Who Are You' came a very close second!)
The girl can sing. The album is a joy. What more could you want really!