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Album Review

A Finnish "hometown girl done good" gone big-league New Yorker, Janita steps up to the plate with her third English-language effort, Seasons of Life. Janita's supermodel looks and smooth jazz categorization aside, the musical merits of this 2005 release demand serious consideration. The addition of a sizable string section to her already supple, smooth-edged band sound seems at first like a questionable decision, but the arrangements are so sensitively handled that the orchestration serves to support, never obscure. Arranger and orchestrator Ryan Shore avoided the synthesizer pitfall so many adult contemporary artists fall victim to, and instead created a velvety acoustic rhythm section sound that supports Janita's vocals in the organic, natural way that only live players can. And as for Janita herself, the unfamiliar are in for a surprise. Music lovers often assume that if the vocalist looks like an underwear model, unfortunately she probably sings like one. Not the case with Janita. Her expressive, understated, and yet soulful performances prove more beautiful than her silhouette. With a warm timbre and deft song interpretation, Janita bears the mark of a woman who's been making records for years, her age notwithstanding. [Ofir Music reissued the album in 2006 with an added cover of Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence."] ~ Evan C. Gutierrez, Rovi


Born: 28 December 1978 in Helsinki, Finland

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Singer/songwriter Janita was born in Helsinki, Finland in 1978, and began playing piano as a child. Influenced by soul and R&B, she began her performing career at age 13, and released two Finnish-language albums in the early '90s. These albums made Janita a pop star in her homeland, and she relocated to Brooklyn at age 17. Her English-language debut, Believer, appeared in 1997. Janita signed to Sony's 550 imprint and recorded a self-titled album in 1998, but the album was never released in America....
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