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Album Review

Continuing her standing as an independent artist, Jonatha Brooke kicks off the millennium with Steady Pull, the second release on her own Bad Dog Records. Steady Pull is at once both inspiring and upsetting. The inspiration is easy to glimpse; it's a wonderful record, smart and catchy, interesting and fresh. The frustration lies not with Brooke, but with the music industry's lack of support for her and similar artists. What kind of cultural climate dictates that the musical and lyrical sophistication that makes Brooke such a brilliant artist may very well keep her from having mass appeal? Much like adult alternative radio's failure to survive in many markets, it is a sad commentary on the state of music at the turn of the millennium, and a large disappointment for fans and artists who love this genre.

Nevertheless, Brooke pursues her clever muse with passion and vigor, not letting up one iota in her quest to be a most literate songsmith. She has always penned tunes that danced just outside the box with poetic lyrics, creative arrangements, and complex chord progressions. Steady Pull pulls no punches in that regard, going further in musical experimentation that her previous efforts. The first track and single, "Linger," is as straightforward pop as you're going to get from Brooke. It's honest to goodness, verse chorus, tap your toe, bob your head, sing right along pop. But it's just a tease. On the very next song she mixes it up, testing the powers of digital editing, loops, and sampling. Then there's the title track, which leans toward a soulful groove, thumping with the bass of Marcus Miller. Oh that Jonatha. Now, you might notice that she sings quite a bit about dresses. Don't question, just enjoy. Both "Red Dress" and "New Dress" are great songs.

Brooke also keeps good company; the two noted guest vocalists, Michael Franti and Neil Finn, couldn't have been better chosen, as both are known for their abilities to craft intelligent compositions that are rather overlooked by the masses. And, as far as the musicians go, these guys are all top-notch, including Val McCallum, John Pierce, Davey Faragher, and more. Brooke and Steady Pull deserve the same kind of fierce support in the marketplace as they had in the studio.

Customer Reviews

Jonatha Brooke - Steady Pull

Not enough GOOD can be said about the hardest working girl in this genre of music. Sure she rocks, but her talents as a singer/songwriter soar above the rhythm and sway of her music. I was thrilled to find her in the iTunes Store finally.

Best of Jonatha's albums

Well I admit, I love ALL of Jonatha's albums, but if you are Jonatha-naive, this is the BEST place to start. Deep lyrics, gorgeous melodies, driving beats, just incredible music, great power and passion. Jonatha is not recognized nearly enough for her major talents and contributions to music (not just this genre, but all genres). Her music is inspirational and moving. Start here but get them all - there are a few covers on her other CDs but all of her original music will change your life.

greatness, once again, in the shadows

I have been listening to Jonatha Brooke since she was with "The Story" -like 20 years ago!! She is a true talent and it is sad that such a fine and creative artist is not more in the forefront of American music. I am happy to say that I am not one of the masses that only listens to what the radio tells me to listen to. She is simply, a gem! (although I believe her finest work was with "The Story"- that stuff molded me)


Born: January 23, 1964 in Illinois

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Jonatha Brooke began issuing albums that merged folk and pop during the early 1990s, first as a member of a female duo named the Story and later as a solo artist. Brooke formed the Story (originally called "Jonatha & Jennifer" during the duo's early years) along with another vocalist, Jennifer Kimball, who attended Massachusetts' Amherst College with Brooke in the early '80s. Despite playing regular local gigs during their college career, the girls never issued any recordings...
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