"Light Year" by Jenny Gillespie on iTunes

8 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s an almost Victorian delicacy to Jenny Gillespie’s third release, Light Year. Gillespie works in the fine-etched mode of Song to a Seagull-era Joni Mitchell, with touches of Cowboy Junkies melancholy and Sara McLachlan introspection evident as well. Her voice is most distinctive in its aching upper range, adding an extra pang to impressionistic pieces like “Shells” and “Nightmares and Appointments.” Gillespie’s lyrics stitch together fleeting images and shifting emotional impressions; tracks like “Hydra” and “New Maze” allude to stories never fully revealed. Though her music has a diaphanous, almost New Age feel, she does nail down a catchy piano hook in “Vanishing Point” and musters a somber abrasiveness in “Hummingbirds.” The alt-country tune “Littleblood” is a particularly effective mood piece, lent spooky ambiance by pedal steel and accordion touches. Light Year harkens back to an era when music fans sought out albums by poetic singer/songwriters and drew close to listen. At her best, Gillespie invites and deserves this kind of appreciation.

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s an almost Victorian delicacy to Jenny Gillespie’s third release, Light Year. Gillespie works in the fine-etched mode of Song to a Seagull-era Joni Mitchell, with touches of Cowboy Junkies melancholy and Sara McLachlan introspection evident as well. Her voice is most distinctive in its aching upper range, adding an extra pang to impressionistic pieces like “Shells” and “Nightmares and Appointments.” Gillespie’s lyrics stitch together fleeting images and shifting emotional impressions; tracks like “Hydra” and “New Maze” allude to stories never fully revealed. Though her music has a diaphanous, almost New Age feel, she does nail down a catchy piano hook in “Vanishing Point” and musters a somber abrasiveness in “Hummingbirds.” The alt-country tune “Littleblood” is a particularly effective mood piece, lent spooky ambiance by pedal steel and accordion touches. Light Year harkens back to an era when music fans sought out albums by poetic singer/songwriters and drew close to listen. At her best, Gillespie invites and deserves this kind of appreciation.

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Customer Reviews

Beautiful, Soulful, Unique

Ms. West,

I can't get enough of this dreamy, poetic album. Jenny Gillespie has a beautiful, soulful voice that captures a range of emotions and sensibilities--sweet and wistful, romantic, contemplative, gritty, mysterious and spiritual. I love the rootsy pop-rock feel to these songs. I also appreciate all the unique and surprising layers--the poetic lyrics as well as the inventive instrumentaion (pedal steel, horns, accordian, strings, etc). She's a true original in the tradition of Joni Mitchell, Rickie Lee Jones, Aimee Mann, and Martha Wainwright. "Light Year" has made me very fond of the repeat button--I keep playing these songs again and again!

Great follow up

JAB321,

i met jenny while abroad - and know her for her earlier work. With this album she reminds me that she is still a consummate wordsmith with thevoice to match. highly recommend.

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