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Album Review

On her debut album, Lauren Pritchard delivers a set of tunes that draw on the blues and Southern soul for inspiration, with Pritchard playing on the sweet and sour Dixie-fried twang in her voice, accompanied by a rich-sounding production that frequently nods to classic R&B tunes of the past. Of course, given how hard Pritchard strives to sound like a soul diva on these sessions, it's worth noting she's not as authentic as she wants you to believe — while she was indeed born in Jackson, Tennessee, her previous musical experience consists of working with reggae and teen-pop acts and appearing in the Broadway production of Spring Awakening before relocating to London. So while Pritchard might have you imagine she just hopped off the tobacco truck, she and songwriter and producer Eg White (who has previously collaborated with such soul giants as Duffy and Adele) put a lot of work into giving this music just the right amount of radio-friendly grit, which may be why this album never quite hits the target it aims for, with the songs and production usually giving the game away with their bright sheen around the edges. However, that's not to say Pritchard doesn't prove she's a talent to watch on Wasted in Jackson; if she and White play the "gal done wrong drinking her blues away" card a bit too heavily on these songs, she does have a genuinely impressive voice, and in an era in which vocalists feel they have to prove they have "soul" by strangling every note in a melismatic frenzy, Pritchard has the good sense to play subtle. She might sound like a woman with a grudge against a world that's done her wrong, but she makes it stick without showboating, and when she gets a worthwhile lyric she knows just what to do with it. Wasted in Jackson is the work of a music industry pro who also has a genuine, unaffected natural talent for vintage soul and blues styles, and hopefully she'll get a chance to work with someone who can give her the production and material that will make the most of her gifts.

Customer Reviews

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This artist would no doubt flown under my radar if it hadn't have been for the 'single of the week'freebie.
This is a soulful,uplifting debut and great value with or without the extra's. Also check out the re-mixes of 'Not the Drinking'...worth downloading the whole album as three great re-vamps..another favourite is the 'Various Remix' of 'Stuck' on the 'Jackson Sessions'...get it for 79p..worth it.There's a lot of female artists to choose from in this 'genre'...Lauren Pritchard is amongst the best.

Bargain iTunes LP

Like the previous reviewer, I may have passed by if not for the free single of the week.

This is a very worthwhile buy, not just for the album and the 2 promo videos, but also because within the iTunes LP you'll find FOUR MORE VIDEOS. These are live studio recordings (bare backing) of "Natural Woman" (Carole King), "Not The Drinking", "Painkillers" and also the version of "Stuck" you might have seen on myspace.


I actually can't begin to explain how FANTASTIC this album is... If you haven't bought it yet BUY IT NOW!!

It is just simply musical perfection condensed into 42 minutes.

"Wasted In Jackson" is one song I relate to the most. For anyone who has a dream but is stuck in a place where nobody shares the same amount of ambition or want of bettering yourself.

"Stuck" is simply beautiful.

"Try A Little Harder" is my personal favourite. The simplicity yet brilliance from the melody is just wonderful and the lesson learnt from the song is one to keep.

Vocals are outstanding throughout. I've seen her live and if it is actually possible she is even better... a sign of a true talent.

I can't wait for her second album.


Born: Jackson, TN

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '10s

Lauren Pritchard is a dusky-voiced singer/songwriter with a bent toward blue-eyed soul and country-inflected confessional pop. Born in Tennessee, Pritchard moved to Los Angeles in her early teens before landing the role of Ilse in the off-Broadway production of Spring Awakening. After relocating to England, Pritchard scored a recording contract with Universal/Island Records. Her debut...
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Wasted In Jackson (Deluxe), Lauren Pritchard
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  • £9.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Soundtrack, Soundtrack, Rock
  • Released: 01 January 2010

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