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Editors’ Notes

Sporting a Mohawk haircut, waist-length braids and a nose chain, Toronto-born Jane Child cut an unusual figure among the female pop artists of her era. As her 1990 self-titled debut album shows, she backed up her striking looks with a defiant attitude and a complex, keyboard-based sound that grabbed the body and teased the mind. Musically, Child’s tunes are akin to Prince’s potent funk/rock blend; lyrically, her streetwise wordplay brings Teena Marie to mind. Both qualities are on display in “Don’t Wanna Fall In Love.” The rest of the singer/songwriter’s first album is dominated by bouncy yet crunchy dance-floor tracks like “I Got News for You,” “Welcome to the Real World” and “Biology.” She ventures away from obviously commercial terrain on the broodingly expansive “World Lullabye” and the dense, quirky aural collage “Thank You.” Despite her exotic appearance, Child’s music comes across as highly accessible and inviting. If her emphasis on synthesizers seems very much of its era, her feel for indelible hooks and suggestive imagery continues to hold appeal.

Customer Reviews

ingenuity beyond 5 stars

This debut album of Jane Child's got me through my entire freshman year of high school, giving every emotion a voice and an outlet. Listening to it again today, I'm even more struck by her talent and originality. While she demonstrated a novel layered approach to her high-voltage pop songs ("Don't Wanna Fall in Love", "Biology", "Ds 21"), it's actually on the darker tracks that her creative ability really shines ("You're My Religion", "Hey Mr. Jones", "World Lullabye"). Very rarely can artists cultivate the variations between dissonance and resolution that she has. Jane Child singlehandedly created a niche of her own as a brilliant goth-rockin' synth woman, and remember that this was virtually 20 years ago. There's real power behind that voice-- and brains behind her hard-driving musical skill; the world just wasn't ready for her yet.

Soooo Talented

My admiration for Jane as both a writer and a musician grew the more I grew as a musician. Even today some 14 years later, I still have high respect for this lady. This album is a one-of-a-kind. Considering she engineered the songs and sang them is a testament to this lady's talent. Don't know where she is today but Jane, this album has ALWAYS rocked!

Great!

This album is truly art very fun to listen to great tracks like the hit don't wanna fall in love, world lulliby, welcome to the realworld, and your my religion now. Definatly worth to be in your collection. NOTE TO ITUNES please add her second album Here Not There like this album it was great also.

Biography

Born: February 15, 1967 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Born into a musical family in Toronto, Jane Child took violin lessons from her father and voice lessons from her mother. Rock wasn't allowed in her home, but she did listen to an R&B station from nearby Buffalo, NY, and had hopes of starting a band. Child dropped out of the Royal Conservatory of Music to join a rock band in Toronto. Signed to Warner Music in 1988 on the strength of just a demo tape, Jane Child released her...
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  • $6.90
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Dance, Pop, Electronic
  • Released: 1989

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