Jaden South

Leading the Horse

by Dave Heaton

31 May 2009

 
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Jaden South

Leading the Horse

(Jaden South)
US: 26 May 2009
UK: Import

Jaden South, the Nashville-based duo of Jessica Draper and Deborah DeLoach, play a folksy sort of bluesy sort of rock-ish sort of maybe-country sort of pop music that blurs all of those styles together until they meet in a nowhere-land in the middle. They have strong singing voices, far as I can tell, but there’s a murkiness to the whole endeavor that keeps anything from really hitting. They sing over each other more than with. The melodies plod. The lyrics make some specific references – to someone named Norma Jean, to drawing lines in snow, to moving from one place to another – but then blur away any specificity until you’re not quite sure what’s going on, or why you’re listening.

Leading the Horse

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