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Album Review

In March of 2004 singer/songwriter Jonatha Brooke spent ten days at the Anspacher in the Public Theater in New York, performing songs from her four solo albums as well as the two she had released as part of the duo the Story. The highlights of the show were recorded and released as the aptly titled Live in New York, which came out two years later. The track list shouldn't shock anyone familiar with Brooke's music: songs like "Crumbs," "Red Dress," "Linger," and "Steady Pull" are all included, as are "Inconsolable," from her 1995 album Plumb (in nine-minute form here, thanks to some intensive guitar work by Geoffrey Moore) and "So Much Mine," on which she sings with backup vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Ann Marie Milazzo. Most of the pieces are played with a four-piece band (with Brooke taking most of the acoustic guitar responsibilities), though some, like the bittersweet "Deny" and "Love Is More Thicker Than Forget" feature just the singer and her keyboard, and fit nicely with the rest of the album. Brooke's voice sounds great throughout all of Live in New York, from the intensity in "Room in My Heart" to the soft hopefulness in "No Net Below," it's strong and clear and expressive, taking command over everything on the stage. There isn't much between-song banter on the album (more of it is included on the DVD), but it's better that way, because it's her singing, and not her brief explanations and stories, that the audience wants to here. Live in New York doesn't hold many surprises, but it does an excellent job of representing Brooke and her talent, and the power and intimacy of her live show. [The DVD included is the concert footage of the same songs, interspersed with a few scenes from rehearsal and backstage, and does an equally good job of showing the singer's stage presence and personality.]

Customer Reviews

Great Live Album

This is an excellent live album from Jonatha Brooke. There are so many of my favorites here. Inconsolable is amazing - finally a live version of this song! Every song is great, but if I had to pick favorites they would be: So Much Mine, Because I Told You So and No Net Below. A great cd from start to finish!


Jonatha is a talanted singer songwriter. She is great on CD but even better live so we have the best of both worlds. You will not be sorry if you decide to add this to you library and I am willing to bet you will decide to give some of her other discs a try as well. If you are already a fan well enjoy more of what you already love.

An amazing performer in full stride

Jonatha Brooke is one of those frustrating stories of modern music -- an incredibly talented songwriter and performer who's had a hard time catching a break in this fragmented business. Having seen her with a full band and taking the stage by herself, she never fails to engage her audience with friendly banter and great songs. And here, the songs are amazing. Don't miss the soaring climb of the vocals she exchanges with backup singer Ann Marie Milazzo on "Landmine," or the cool guitar solo from Goffrey Moore that makes the usual show-stopper "Inconsolable" even more unforgettable. It's a great sampler for those in need of a musical revelation, and a great collector's item for Jonatha's fans. A wise musical investment!


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 recordings...
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