An assured debut,
This review is from: Girls Who Cry Need Cake (Audio CD)
After getting a hold of Jenny's new album, Small Town Misfits, I decided to investigate her back catalogue. This is her debut album and there is a decade between this album and her latest and, I am glad to say, they are very different even although they are both distinctively Jenny Queen. The newer album is more varied in tone and subject, darker and more mature. Girls Who Cry Need Cake is mainly about a break up, or maybe break ups, and is a quieter album, where acoustic instruments take the lead and so is less varied but no less interesting.
At ten songs the album doesn't overstay its welcome, and the songs are well written with good, articulate lyrics and with a more traditional, beautifully simple country feel. The theme running through the album means the songs are personal, describing the emotions and thoughts of someone going through a break up. One song, "Porcelain", is a cover of the Moby song and it fits seamlessly into the album, very different from the original but still recognisable. It was apparently released as a single, as was the opening track "Drowning Slowly".
It is difficult to pick a standout track as they are all pretty high quality. As I write I am waiting for a CD of the second album to arrive and it was released in 2009, so that's five years between albums. If it's as good a Girls Who Cry Need Cake or Small Town Misfits then it'll be a long wait for her fourth album. I am really glad that this artist brought herself to me attention, her material is rare in the UK but she deserves to be much better known.