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Jenny Carr
Maybe Definitely Really For Sure
(self-released)


Time drifts away when your mind fully gets into the album Maybe Definitely Really For Sure. Jenny Carr has taken her solo career as a singer-songwriter and managed to create an excellent record. Though it doesn't show up until the third spot, the moments officially get lost in the song "What You Get". The violin dances with the cello as Jenny's delicate vocals tell a story of love lost. No element truly takes lead, even as the chorus ups its presence by at least two volume levels. But in the end you can't help but let the strings lift you away.

The '80s-esque rock number "Everything" follows next in line. It comes complete with a horn section that manages to kick the tempo up to a dance level. This is a song that seems like a perfect selection for a John Hughes movie. Post-dance we fall again on a timeless song, "Over Again". An acoustic guitar shares speaker space with the violin and it feels as though they were always meant to be that way. The tone to this song seems to be a bit more solemn than "What You Get". The hurt comes flowing out of the lyrics and back through the harmonies. This is one of those songs that paints a calm and surreal picture in the mind.

Though she doesn't mention it as a direct influence, a distinct taste of Blonde Redhead comes out in the selection "The End Of Everything". That eerie note intro set with the violin whispering in the background perfectly compliments her alto vocals. Now granted, Blonde didn't really rock out that much, but at about 1:20 in it's apparent that that's exactly what happened to this song. The song bounces back and forth between the two styles. While emotion and possibly some anger rear their ugly heads in the chorus, the meat of the song stays very transient.

To mix everything up, Ms. Carr throws in some honky-tonk in the song "Places I'd Like To Go". It's possible that a banjo is heard in the background, but regardless, whatever is being plucked is hopefully being done so by an overall-wearing, toothpick-chewing musician. The music itself is very simplistic, though it's very upbeat and generally cheerful. The lyrics speak of aspirations, hopes and dreams. While this is not the final number on the album, it's still a great one to leave in your head.

The album as a whole has a fairly nice sentiment about it. There are a few songs to get the blood moving and a few to drift you off. One of them will work for you.

-Rachel Fredrickson

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