CD REVIEW: Jennifer Greer - Hey Tide
By Cyrus Rhodes - 07/30/2015 - 05:58 PM EDT
Artist: Jennifer Greer
Album: Hey Tide
Genre: Alternative Rock, Psychedelic Soul Pop, Jam Band, Rocking Blues
Sounds Like: Sara Bareilles, Melanie C, Dido, Sophie B. Hawkins, Lana Del Rey, Alanis Morissette, Edie Brickell,
Technical Grade: 9/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 9/10
Commercial Value: 9/10
Overall Talent Level: 9/10
Songwriting Skills: 9/10
Performance Skill: 9/10
Best Songs: Crater, Maple Tree, Mother Lode
Weakness: More Solo Segments, No release date on flipside of CD
(BOSTON) Citing from her bio: Piano-driven drop dead gorgeous vocals with tendency toward serious groove! 'Hey Tide' charts the path of heartbreak to healing: grief, recovery and the emergence of hope; its also about the power of music to transform, with the moon and tide as a guide. This latest 10 Track work is entitled “Hey Tide” and was released in 2014.
The CD takes flight with “Say What You Want” a eloquent Piano driven ditty with methodical musical build that serves up soulful vocals feel from Greer with impressive Piano, Keyboards, vocal harmonies, melodic musical touches against a grand slam chorus. Track 2 “All These People” keeps things moving by delivering an impressive “Gold Standard” ballad that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. Track 3 “Crater” keeps thing moving in the right direction with its infectious melody, steady flowing rhythm, soulful vocals, impressive Piano and a good heartfelt/thought provoking message. The CD makes a great first impression dashing out 3 solid tracks in a row. I would classify this music as Soul Pop Rock, with a dash of Blues. Also present are unique elements of what I would call Full Tilt Jam Band-Soul and even Classical Piano driven Contemporary Pop. Its impressive how well all the aforementioned genera’s come together on this CD without sounding too forced or fused. All in all the CD touches a wide range of musical styles. Besides the four piece standard you will notice impressive instrumentation with things like impressive guitar ambience, solo guitar, organ, sporadic keyboard and synth accents, well-placed harmonies, dynamic electronic sound effects, based drums all built upon a solid moog driven rhythm section to boot. The musicianship and musical touches from Greer are clearly above the bar. As for her vocal abilities, she works extremely well within the confines of this catalogue. She’s got a good look, a catchy mystique and knows how to sit deep within the pocket and sing a song with amazing vocal fluidity. Greer’s got soul. Her voice goes down smooth and fills the space peacefully and unobtrusively with an infectious jagged edge. She’s got a good vibrato and impressive Mezzo Soprano. Sometimes she reminds me of Sara Bareilles, Melanie C, Dido, Sophie B. Hawkins, Lana Del Rey, Alanis Morissette, Edie Brickell and Natalie Merchant. Greer showcases an impressive falsetto and has much to offer insofar as power, control and finesse. As a songwriter: the songwriting consistent and rock solid across the board. The harmonies and melodies are well placed and well crafted. All the Engineering aspects are in check (Recording, Mixing, and Mastering) as the CD possesses solid low end punch and crystal clear high end clarity. This 10 track offering from Greer is rock solid and delivers everything you would expect from a top-tiered musical Production such as this providing much in the way of musical variety and melodic layering. It definitely offers has a lot of musical depth and variety within the sonic space. Her music reminds me of a combination between Sara Bareilles, Kelly Clarkston, Fionna Apple, Melanie C, Dido, Sophie B. Hawkins. All songs are well crafted and consistent across the board. From melodic “Maple Tree” to rocking “Mother Lode” to heartfelt “Wintered Over” tis CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 10 “New Ground” the perfect finale statement for a CD like this.
It’s hard to find sAll songs over 5 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. All songs under 3 minutes tend to sound like incomplete statements to me. I wish there were more solo segments throughout the CD. There is no release date on the flipside of the CD although there’s one on the actual disk itself – a bit unorthodox.
From start to finish “Hey Tide” by Jennifer Greer brings the mojo and is a very strong 10 Track statement from start to finish. The music is diverse, grooving, upbeat, soulful and sonically entertaining. The songwriting – all consistent musical experiences, each one possessing a unique personality, flair and signature groove. The writing, playing and singing abilities of Greer and her band are highly marketable. Her overall persona and mainstream mystique is something millions of people should gravitate towards.
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