Jann Arden - Free
Written by Nicholas Jennings    Sunday, 13 December 2009 01:00    PDF Print

Tags: 2009 | Calgary | Canada | Free | Jann Arden | Just for Laughs | Michael Bublé | Reviews

Jann Arden - FreeJann Arden is one funny lady, capable of cracking up audiences with topics ranging from bra size to spirituality. Jann has lent her comedic talents to best-selling books, speaking engagements and appearances at the Just for Laughs festival. In fact, her humor has at times threatened to overshadow her gifts as a serious and sensitive singer-songwriter—one of the best that Canada has produced.

By her own admission, Jann was a late-comer to a career in music. After spending most of the 1980s busking and playing in bars, the Calgary native got her big break on the eve of turning 30, when she was signed by Universal Music and her debut album, Time for Mercy, was acclaimed for its confessional candor. As she says now, “in light of labels signing 15-year-old acts these days, I don’t think my story will be repeated very often, if ever.”

Jann’s 10th album, Free, reveals a depth and maturity that few young pop stars could hope to muster. Clearly, she’s struggled with heartache and homesickness—occupational hazards for any traveling musician. But, avoiding clichés or Hallmark-like sentiments, it’s Jann’s simple honesty that gives songs like “Everybody’s Broken,” “Away” and the heartfelt title track their enduring strength. One of the album’s best tracks is “Daughter Down,” a wonderfully observed tribute to her father after so many songs about her mum. And Jann includes a beautifully spare rendition of “Lost,” the song she wrote with Michael Bublé that became a smash hit for the Canadian crooner.

October 2009


Add this page to your favorite Social Bookmarking websites
Reddit! Del.icio.us! Mixx! Free and Open Source Software News Google! Live! Facebook! StumbleUpon! TwitThis Joomla Free PHP
 

Reviews

News image

John Mayer - Paradise Valley

2013 | Administrator | Sunday, 18 August 2013

His romantic life has sometimes overshadowed his music career. The singer-guitarist, a seven-time Grammy winner who has sold over 20 million albums worldwide, has famously dated stars like Jessica Simpson,...

News image

Selena Gomez - Stars Dance

2013 | Administrator | Wednesday, 17 July 2013

If the former Disney star wanted to distance herself from her bubblegum past, this will surely do it. Gomez’ solo debut, following three albums with her band the Scene, is...

Various artists - Girls Volume 2: Music from the HBO Original Series

2014 | Administrator | Sunday, 16 February 2014

Music is central to Lena Dunham’s acclaimed TV series, about the post-college lives of four young women. So it’s natural that its second soundtrack sounds a lot like the personal...

News image

Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2

2013 | Administrator | Sunday, 6 October 2013

It’s been quite a year for JT: his triumphant performance at the Grammys, critical acclaim for The 20/20 Experience and the ecstatic reception for him and the rest of ’NSync...

Features

News image

The Messengers

2013 | Administrator | Wednesday, 13 March 2013

For Adam Messinger and Nasri Atweh, success has come from having the right songs at the right time.             Within a month of relocating to...

News image

Alex Cuba - A Magical Musical Blend

2012 | Administrator | Monday, 21 March 2011

  With his oversized Afro and razored sideburns, Alex Cuba cuts a cool figure, a cross between ’70s soul man and stylish rocker. It’s a...

News image

Passing the Torch

2012 | Nicholas Jennings | Sunday, 9 September 2012

When Dustin Bentall was 12, he spent the summer with his parents at a cabin they bought in Cariboo Country, in British Columbia’s interior. There...

News image

Hey Rosetta! - Literary songwriting worth yelling about

2012 | Administrator | Sunday, 4 March 2012

Tim Baker has a problem. As frontman for Newfoundland’s Hey Rosetta!, one of Canada’s fastest-rising, hardest-working bands, he is touring for nine months of the...