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Album Review

Produced by Jonatha Brooke and Bob Clearmountain, Careful What You Wish For is a big, ringing bombastic guitar-crunching collection of new songs by Brooke. It has neither the loopy vulnerability of Back in the Circus nor the renegade adventurousness and hunger of Steady Pull. It's obvious that Brooke wanted to rock it up this time out (at times making this set sound more like an Alanis Morisette record wanting to be latter-day Pat Benatar), but the nature of so many of these songs with their cynical bitterness, wry advice, and (too often) more than self-assured point of view lacks focus. It's a collection of 11 new Brooke songs. That's about it. If you're a fan, you may indeed be delighted — though if you appreciated her softer-sounding records this may indeed put you off. If you favor the big boisterous-sounding pop records of this early part of the 21st century that you can hear on the radio any day of the week, this may appeal to you as well. For everyone else, however, Careful What You Wish For feels more like a swing for the fences. It tries too hard and comes up short. There are a few lovely tunes here, however: the scattershot rock and pop changeup in the title track, the French-language "Je N'Peux Pas Te Plaire" (loosely translated as "You Cannot Like Me"), and the swirling dramatic textures of "Prodigal Daughter" are the strongest things here.

Customer Reviews

Big fan...a little disappointed

So I've had this CD for a month or so. I've played it a couple of times. It's not that it's 'bad' - I just don't find much to be terribly memorable or impacting. Great songs like Annie, WestPoint, and It Matters Now seem to be nowhere to be found. I cringe at the opening to the title track, sorry to say. I also don't see what collaborating w/ JC and Nick is bringing to the table (and I say this as someone who legitimately likes both of their music). I kind of feel that Jonatha's music is 'above' theirs, so why come down to the borderline mindless pop? With that said, there are some good tracks - I'll Leave the Light on and Hearsay, in particular. Baby Wait and Forgiven are also worth checking out. Unfortunately, I have to say that I honestly would not recommend the CD to someone who is not already a fan. I still love Jonatha and totally respect the monumental effort that she undertakes by having her own label...but I think she can do better than this effort.

Careful! You're Going To Fall In Love With Jonatha Brooke (If you haven't already!)

She's no longer going to be my little secret. The rest of America (and the world) is now going to be familiar with my favorite female artist: The lovely, talented, and extremely hard-working Jonatha Brooke. She consistently amazes me. When I first heard the title track last December, I knew that this album was going to be something different and exciting from J Bro. "Careful What You Wish For" busted through the speakers and made my house vibrate, and I liked it. The song has a BIG, full sound with a great melody and fun harmonies. You'll be at the store, and you'll start humming the song. Trust me. It will happen to you. The rest of the CD is very solid. "Keep The River On Your Right" is another favorite. Darren Embry's grooving bass put a big smile on my face. My dog actually wanted to dance with me. "Forgiven" is a haunting semi-dissonant masterpiece. "Hearsay" is a rockin' catchy waltz (ok...it's 6/8 time). You'll be tapping your toes on this one. "Prodigal Daughter" is another favorite. I was hooked from the first two lines. "Never Too Late For Love" is simple, beautiful, and sweet. It's classic Jonatha: a solo acoustic guitar a heavenly voice. This CD rocks, but seeing Jonatha live is a love affair. When she comes to your town, definitely catch her show. Her live performances will turn you into a two-timer.

Jonatha Justs gets better and better!

When my Itunes alert came through with this record, I didn't even have to think about it. I just bought it knowing that it would be great. Well, I'm not disappointed. These songs will move you. These songs will haunt you. These songs will inspire you. Jonatha has a way of seeing things and capturing them in lyrics and music that speak to the core of life, love, loss and hope. It's almost like you've experienced it with her. The beauty of this record is that, through the twists and turns, the passion and pain, these songs continue to show themselves new as you continue to listen. I kind of feel guilty buying this record at the itunes price. She should get more for records this great. If this is your first taste of Jonatha Brooke, do not hesitate! Go get everything she's ever done. You will not be disappointed. Thanks for a great record (again) Jonatha! Can't wait for you to come to Nashville!!!!

Biography

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...
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