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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Review: Jessica J - Jessica J

Jessica J - Jessica J
2009, Jessica J

Los Angeles singer-songwriter Jessica J. Felman has spent a fair amount of time working behind the scenes at Warner Music and Univision, but she’s been making her own music since self-releasing her debut album, Barely There in 2000. Jessica J plies her looks, a smoky alto voice and in your face lyrics on unsuspecting listeners; creating a musical milieu that’s hard to recreate. Jessica J returns in 2009 with a self-titled, 4-track EP.

Jessica J opens with Sometimes I Never, a rousing rocker that features big guitars and Jessica J's husky, vaguely Chrissie Hynde sound-a-like voice. The song is built on a powerful hook that drives the chorus. Pieces Of You plods along in a depressed state. The piano part of this song wants to soar, particularly leading into the chorus, but the energy just isn't there. Who Are You relies on shock value in the chorus. The energy level is a bit better here, but the low notes of the song are beyond Jessica J. Closing out with Fall Down, Jessica J. hits us with a heartfelt slow rocker with a lot of sentiment but little apparent feel/emotion/enthusiasm with it.

Jessica J. has a pleasant voice; a bit deep for pop music but not unprecedented. From a songwriter's perspective, Jessica J. has highs and lows, but Jessica J puts her heart into the four songs on her self-titled debut EP. Take some time to check it out!

Rating: 2 Stars (Out of 5)

You can learn more about Jessica J at Jessica J isn’t currently available for purchase, but you can stream tracks at her MySpace page.

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