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Reviews: Karen Jacobsen ~ Kissing Someone Else
Posted on Saturday, February 03, 2007 @ 13:36:45 UTC
Topic: Reviews

Artist: Karen Jacobsen

CD: Kissing Someone Else

Home: New York City

Style: Pop

Quote: "Few voices are this flawless and pure."

By Jennifer Layton

Karen Jacobsen has always had a knack for saying what isn’t always logical, but it’s what every woman can instantly understand and relate to. “So Fast” has a good example: “I started to rewrite my memories ‘cause I wanted you to always have been with me.”

This album was a pleasant surprise, especially after I reviewed her last CD, Here in My Heart, and said it felt a bit overproduced. Kissing Someone Else is a welcome return to the intimacy of Jacobsen’s earlier albums without sacrificing all of the production of the previous album. Her voice is back to being the focus without having to do battle with studio effects. That’s the way it should always be with Jacobsen, because very few voices are this flawless and pure.

Her voice is at its strongest here. While most of these tracks are presented with her delicate, angelic vocal delivery, she kicks in some real power on “I Believe in This Man,” her voice ringing out with a determination and resolve that surprised me. I’ve seen her live a few times and heard all her albums, and she still manages to surprise me. Even when her lyrics are sad, as in “Melting Moments,” her voice weaves a thread of hope through it all. The chorus on this song is joyous with beautiful harmonies, making me feel that things really can’t be that bad.

And as always with her, I keep coming back to those lyrics. From “Amazing”:

If I am so amazing, why is everything so crazy ...
Are you a partner or a lover?
From one drama to another while I’m waiting ...
I’m tired of wasting time escaping ...


There’s also a line in “The River of My Life” that cuts right to the soul: “I want to be somewhere else doing something else with somebody else.” She may not know what’s right for her, but she knows that the here and now just isn’t working for her anymore. Pretty much anyone can relate to that.

This album just makes me want to see Jacobsen onstage again. Her artistic growth is so evident on this CD that it has to be spilling over into her live performances. This Aussie-born artist is now back in NYC, so if you’re anywhere near the city, find her schedule and plan around it.

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