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Album Review

Teenage singer/songwriter Jessica Lea Mayfield is the protégée of Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, who engineered and produced this, her debut full-length, in addition to playing "guitar, organ, piano, drums and other instruments." From the sound of the tracks, he did all that playing in the form of overdubs, after recording Mayfield singing and accompanying herself on acoustic guitar. In song after song, she strums simple chords and sings in a matter-of-fact drawl that recalls Edie Brickell, if Brickell hadn't slept in a couple of days. If Mayfield has lost sleep, it's because she (or the narrator who sings the songs) has romantic problems. Each song is sung by an "I" to a "you" with whom she is obsessed and who, for the most part, doesn't seem to be performing satisfactorily as a romantic partner. Not that the singer is entirely consistent in her attitude. Sometimes she expresses devotion, sometimes recrimination. "I'll talk to whoever I God-damned wanna," she tells her boyfriend in "We've Never Lied" (the song, by the way, makes it clear that they have), only to complain in "Call Me," "I spent the whole night by myself wondering who you talk to." If all of these songs are intended to represent a single relationship, it's certainly a complicated one.

Customer Reviews

Pretty incredible

For 19 year old Mayfield, who has been performing for 11 years, first with her family in a Bluegrass band, and later with Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, this first full length album is pretty remarkable. With a soulful and earnest voice, her uncomplicated songs will resonate with fans of both Cat Power, and more classic western artists like Patsy Cline, alike.

A gorgeous album

A gorgeous album full of heartfelt lyrics and bluesy guitar!


Born: 27 August 1989 in Kent, OH

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A folk-influenced songwriter from Kent, Ohio, Jessica Lea Mayfield began performing with her family's bluegrass band, One Way Rider, at the age of eight. She started writing her own music three years later, often accompanying her older brother at open-mike performances in the Ohio area before landing a weekly solo gig at a local bar. At 15 years old, Mayfield took to her brother's bedroom to record a batch of her own acoustic songs, which ran the gamut from raw, aggressive folk tunes to world-weary...
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