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Posted on Saturday, July 10, 2004 @ 09:27:29 UTC
Artist: C. Jane Run
CD: How Do You Like Me Now?
Home: Albany, New York
Quote: "The music is good, the lyrics have something to say; what else can we ask for? How about another six or seven tracks? Still, there are worse things than to leave the audience chanting, 'More! More! More!'"
By A.J. Van Beest
Here's the good news: The music is strong. The Pop Bell rings loud and clear for this group. Now the bad news: The CD is too short with just three songs. I want a full album, not just an EP.
The New York-based pop group C. Jane Run has released their third album, How Do You Like Me Now?. Four years after their last disc, Happy, this EP shows the band has the musical moxie to be a regional pop powerhouse. The music has interesting and mature melodic and harmonic layers that shine with hope, even while the lyrics sometimes reflect the dings and scratches gathered from half a lifetime of experience.
With such a wide variety of stories to share, it's only fitting that lead singer Lisa Carey and bassist Mike Wray split the microphone on these tracks. Both Carey and Wray have nasal edges to their voices; Carey's singing seems to weave itself through Chuck Reinemann's guitar work and become another integral element of the band. Wray's vocals leap over the rest of the group and put his poetry right in front of the listener. The whole intricate design rides on drummer Joanne DeSarbo's incredible sense of timing. Her work is like a bronze pendulum, drawing infinite figures in the sand, never slowing, but changing subtly with each swing.
C. Jane Run seems to have found its own sentimental adult-pop voice over the last ten years. These days, the group is talking with sometimes melancholy -- but always hopeful -- melodies and real lyrics, like these from the refrain of “Like Almost Yesterday":
Oh Chelsea! What's the matter
Run out of hearts to rend, tear and tatter
Now you're back to take another swipe at me
Oh Chelsea! So magnetic
So hard to resist makes me so damn pathetic
I can't go and I can't stay
Like almost yesterday
The music is good, the lyrics have something to say; what else can we ask for? How about another six or seven tracks? Still, there are worse things than to leave the audience chanting, “More! More! More!”
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