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Review: Jess Lambert, “Creature of Fear”

No Comments 9 August 2015

Review: Jess Lambert, “Creature of Fear”

“What’s impressive about Creature of Fear is not necessarily the strength of the lyrics, the ease of the song structure and the smooth, silky vocal performance; it’s Lambert herself, in her entirety, pouring out raw emotion like she’s been doing this all her life.”

Artist: Jess Lambert

EP: Creature of Fear

Genre: Alternative Folk

RIYL: Joshua James, Noah Gunderson, Mazzy Star

Jess Lambert - Creature of Fear

Moody and shifting. The tone and pace of this four-song EP from Seattle’s Jess Lambert is a wonderfully direct line that brings the Creature of Fear in her mind to life. I found myself holding my breath at several points upon my first listen to this record; there is an instant magnetism and mesmerizing quality to Lambert’s voice, both vocally and lyrically. She certainly knows how to command attention, and this debut EP bears the mark of an artist with a well of life experiences to draw from.

Creature of Fear opens with the marvelous title track; it really is a thing of dark and ardent beauty. And the mercurial strength of the lyrics combined with Lambert’s full, sultry vocals makes this one hard to forget. “Roll Little Boat” ebbs and flows with such an easy quality, and showcases a softer, vulnerable Lambert. “Who” is a haunting, moving tune that rolls with the Northwest tide; it’s a relatively simple formula performed exceptionally well. Reliant again on a masterful and measured vocal performance that drips with raw emotion. “Only If love Remains” is another acoustic powerhouse that shows off Lambert’s simple, direct vocal delivery that just enchants and powers every song on the record.

What’s impressive about Creature of Fear is not necessarily the strength of the lyrics, the ease of the song structure and the smooth, silky vocal performance; it’s Lambert herself, in her entirety, pouring out raw emotion like she’s been doing this all her life. There is a purity to her performance; like she’s drawing from deep inside the earth and she’s the conduit of truth. That might be over the top, but there’s something special going on here. Creature of Fear is a powerful, moving experience for not only its maker, but for all the new fans she’s going to gain as she relays this truth on stage.


Jess Lambert website: http://www.jesslambert.com/

 

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