Clearing My Head
'Granted, I'm a little afraid of appearing mature, but this is some seriously sweet, adult-contemporary, white-bread, love-struck stuff that works unreasonably well, and not just 'for what it is.' One reason is the songwriting, particularly some arresting chord changes, which never sound deliberately thrown in just to be arresting, which very few folks can pull off. Another reason is Perry's voice. Sometimes you don't WANT the jagged been-through-the-wringer thing. Kinda like Lucinda Williams if all she drank was milk, but it's enough here. And I was set to let it go at that, but then something really wrong happened. A stunningly effective voice-and-piano piece surfaced as a hidden track. I'd go so far as to call it career-making. It's that strong, all by itself, and I heard it by ACCIDENT. Let that be a lesson to anyone who still thinks that kinda shit is cute.' Joe Coughlin - The Noise - June 2003 © 2007 Jes Perry.