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Posted on Saturday, August 07, 2004 @ 11:41:36 UTC
Artist: KJ Denhert
CD: Girl Like Me
Home: Westchester, New York
Style: Urban Folk and Jazz
Quote: "Denhert and her band, the NY Unit, lay down everything from African-esque beats to R&B-tinged funk with the unstoppable power and unbelievable ease of the moon-driven tides."
By AJ Van Beest
Here's the shortest review ever: This is an awesome album. Buy it now and be the envy of all your friends.
Need a little more? OK, how 'bout this:
Denhert's Girl Like Me — nearly three years in the making — is incredibly rich. Denhert's voice is a beautiful, full alto with a little huskiness around the edges. Denhert and her band, the NY Unit, lay down everything from African-esque beats to R&B-tinged funk with the unstoppable power and unbelievable ease of the moon-driven tides. Denhert's lyrics spring from the heart of someone who's seen both the beauty and pain in the world and wants to share it all. For example, here's a bit of Denhert's “Oleander:”
Someone come and wake me up
In my Lakewood home
You're as sweet as coffee in the cup
And you've warmed me down to my soul
Times got hard and we messed up
Where was I to go
Seems the harder that I try
The more that I feel alone
Girl Like Me covers a lot of musical ground and does it well. It begins with a melodic-minor-moving-to-upbeat funk (“The Silence Was Deafening”), dances through R&B, hangs with shades of Paul Simon and Sting, including a great cover of “Message in a Bottle," spends some quiet time in a dark corner with just a piano and Denhert's unforgettable voice (“Red July, Prelude”), and ends with a beautiful cross-country version of "Oh Susannah," of all things. The mix of styles isn't surprising, though, since Denhert bills herself as an “urban folk and jazz artist.”
This is Denhert's fifth album, and she has another one — a collaboration with singer/songwriter Adam Falcon — in the works. Though she holds down a regular gig at The 55 Bar in NYC's West Village, not to mention playing all over the city at other venues, Denhert isn't just a performing artist; she also owns and runs Mother Cyclone Records. If Girl Like Me is any indication of the kind of material MCR is putting out there, I oughtta just go camp on the sidewalk in front of the office so I can get all the good stuff. Like she sings in the title track:
With a girl like me you know you won't get bored
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