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Album Review

Is anyone named more appropriately than Sass Jordan? On her sophomore effort, the Montreal-based rocker kicks the synth-heavy Starship impersonation of her first album to the curb, raids her old Faces and Bad Company LPs for inspiration, and turns the attitude up to 11. Racine ("roots" in French) lurches into gear with "Make You a Believer," a brassy, swaggering nugget of electric barroom crunch that draws from the same well as the Black Crowes but might go one better with its surging gospel chorus. "If You're Gonna Love Me" wraps a cutting riff around Jordan's reckless vocal, which threatens to careen out of control but — of course — never does. Jordan's a pro, as her effortless shift into balladry for "You Don't Have to Remind Me" proves. When she sings the payoff line after the chorus — "Because every night I sleep alone" — it's with a sigh and a nod, as if she's acknowledging the crappiness of how things go, but will just have another cigarette and forget about it, because there's plenty of fish in the sea. Later, a horn section stops by for "Do What Ya Want," and even if it's totally clichéd, it somehow works, if only on the sheer elastic sandpaper quality of Jordan's vocal. That's the thing about Racine — it's not sparklingly original, but who ever said great barroom hard rock had to be? Each song starts with a chip on its shoulder, as if Jordan's the new girl in town and wants to prove she can hang. By song's end, she's the center of attention. And trashing the cold synths of Tell Somebody for the vibrant Hammond organ of the title track and "Windin' Me Up" was the best possible move she could have made. Jordan always sings straight from her heart — it's great to hear her throaty purr over instrumentation that comes from the same place.

Customer Reviews

Sass says it all with this song.

I could say so much about this album and this song, but my words do not do it justice. Let Sass speak for herself,.

Ah, let me tell y'all a little story
'Bout this time Sass was down and out
Just goes to prove there's always a light on
But when she looked, she'll find it's inside of her
So I want y'all to listen up

I've been sitting here all night
Tryin' to make this thing work out right
I've been getting nowhere fast
Suddenly, as I lay down on the bed
I hear a little voice inside my head
It says, "If you want to do it girl, you got to have some faith
Come over here and listen, hurry up or you'll be late"

Listen to my story, listen to me well
Oh, I will make you a believer
If you're feeling sorry for yourself, I can tell now
Oh, I will make you a believer
Yeah, I will make you a believer, oh yeah

So you been tryin' to make amends
For the bloodsuckers you call friends
Drag you deep into the hole
Crazy that you'd let them into your world
They will take your diamonds baby, they will steal your pearls
If you want to play the game, you've got to lose the rules
You can play with passion, rules are just for fools

Listen to my story, listen to me well
Oh, I will make you a believer
If you're feeling sorry for yourself, I can tell now honey
Oh, I will make you a believer
Yeah, I will make you a believer

Ya gotta learn to fall in love with what's inside
Get on the horse I wanna ride
I got a reason to believe the light's inside
Oh oh, oh yeah, yeah yeah yeah
Are ya with me so far?

Hey, some things I can't help to have
Some things have to wait
Some things I will never get, I will always
I will always have my faith, I'll have my faith
I will make you a believer

Oh, I will make you a believer
Oh, I will make you a believer, hey honey
Oh, I will make you a believer, oh yeah
Oh, I will make you a believer
Oh, I will make you a believer
I will make you a believer, oh oh yeah
Believe me honey


Born: 1962 in Birmingham, England

Genre: Rock

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

Sass Jordan joined her first band, the News, after she learned to play bass at the age of 17. Four years later, she left the band and, by 1985, had begun a solo career. After two singles ("Steel on Steel" and "No More"), Jordan's debut album, Tell Somebody, appeared in 1988. The Montreal native became a national success with the album-titled single and released Racine in 1992, and Rats two years later. Present arrived in 1995 with Hot Gossip landing in 2000, and then the singer joined the cast of...
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