Friday, August 22, 2014
REVIEW: Laura Jean - Laura Jean
Lead-off track "June" walks the line between pop and folk, with an upbeat melody but a haunting vibe, and contains some of the best vocal interplay between Laura Jean and Hval on the album. "How Will I Know When I'm Home" is a moody, dreamy track with simple piano accompaniment. The lovely "First Love Song" understandably was chosen as one of the single released in advance of the album. Stream it below and experience the exquisite phrasing and quite emotional weight of that track and the following "Sister All I Have Are My Arms". A songwriter this good, deserves a top flight vocalist, and a vocalist this good deserves first class material. Fortunately, Laura Jean has found herself.
I recommend this album for late at night with your headphones on. Be warned that the headphones may have formed dents in your head by the time you remove them.
Laura Jean was recorded in Bristol, UK, by long-time PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish. It is available in digital, vinyl and compact disc formats via Chapter Music.