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Stone Cold Soul
on 10 September 2013
Jessy Lanza's first foray into the listening world is a very, very chilly affair.
Cool as a cucumber and oft times as cold as the frostiest of November mornings.
'Pull Back My Hair', a collaboration with co-writer/producer Jeremy Greenspan,
is shot through with glacial ersatz soul and competently constructed melodies
which strive to touch the heart but end up appealing more to the intellect.
This is not to say that the music fails to engage our interest and attention;
there's a good deal to admire in its glistening polished surfaces but at the
end of our encounter these nine inventions don't give us a great deal to love.
Ms Lanza has clearly been touched by the ebullience of Eighties' disco but her
muse is recast in cut-and-paste approximations which are in fact the antithesis
of the true spirit of the dance. There is little sense of spontaneity or true joy.
Her voice, too, is a bit of a thin and crispy instrument which strikes an elegant
pose but lacks any real power or the capacity to communicate credible emotion.
If I had to pick one track from the bunch then 'As If', with its bumbling synth
bass line and fidgety percussion, is probably just about as good as it gets but
I can't help but feel that it's all just a bit too slick and clever for its own good.