[9 February 2010]
Soft pop and jilted melodramatic songs characterize Jenn Grant’s latest effort, Echoes. Grant’s moody songwriting and dark, acrobatic vocals bring to mind Fiona Apple, if she hadn’t thrown in the towel, particularly with “I Was Your Woman”. Some light-hearted songs, such as “(I’ve Got) the Two of You”, punctuate the dark lines as well. The lofty, close-knit vocal harmonies mimic the chimes of a guitar. The entire album was recorded on tape, so there is a timeless quality to the sound. Grant’s delicate touch to “You’ll Go Far” against the mellow string section sounds familiar, and the doo-wop stylings of “Parachutes” recall the Angels from “My Boyfriend’s Back”, but the song’s slow build modernizes it.