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

Various artists - West of Memphis: Voices for Justice

2013 | Administrator | Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Few cases have galvanized Hollywood and the music community more than the story of three teenage boys wrongfully convicted for the murder of three Cub Scouts. The Memphis Three’s release,...

News image

Joseph Kabasele - Le Grand Kallé: His Life, His Music

2014 | Administrator | Friday, 30 May 2014

Congolese music is characterized by sweet melodies and Latin rhythms. Kabasele gave birth to that sound. This two-CD set reflects the enormous influence he had at home and throughout Africa....

News image

Janelle Monáe - The Electric Lady

2013 | Administrator | Sunday, 6 October 2013

Monáe may be pop’s most fashionable innovator. The Kansas City native, recently chosen as the new face of CoverGirl, has been turning heads ever since releasing her debut album, The...

News image

Willie Nelson and Family - Let’s Face the Music and Dance

2013 | Administrator | Sunday, 21 April 2013

To mark his 80th birthday, the country music legend revisits old favorites that he and his sister, Bobbie, sang during their childhoods and throughout their careers. Along with the Irving...

Features

News image

k.d. lang - Canadian Music Hall of Fame Inductee

2013 | Administrator | Monday, 22 April 2013

She arrived like a chinook in the dead of winter. When k.d. lang first blew out of Alberta in the mid-1980s, her look, personality and...

News image

The Sadies

2013 | Administrator | Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Dallas and Travis Good have worked with Neil Young, author Margaret Atwood, Randy Bachman, Buffy Sainte-Marie and actor Gordon Pinsent. But it was another Canadian...

News image

The Midway State - From Riches to Rags and Back Again

2011 | Administrator | Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Nathan Ferraro doesn’t seem the least bit bitter—which is surprising, given everything he’s been through. In fact, the affable, afro-haired frontman exudes all the serenity...

News image

Kathleen Edwards is an Emotional Voyageur

2012 | Administrator | Tuesday, 13 December 2011

A lot can change in four years—especially in the music world. In 2008, when Kathleen Edwards released her album Asking for Flowers, the Ottawa native...