11 Songs, 4 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Candor is Jann Arden’s stock in trade, whether she’s crooning heartbreak ballads or cracking jokes onstage. Even so, the emotional frankness on her third album is a revelation. Living Under June is a sweet-sounding but gently devastating exploration of vulnerability and grace. Arden sounds gutted as she puzzles over a callous lover’s behavior on “Insensitive,” while her tribute to her parents, “Good Mother,” is heartrending in its sincerity. Combined with her direct vocals, that guilelessness makes for a powerful listen.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Candor is Jann Arden’s stock in trade, whether she’s crooning heartbreak ballads or cracking jokes onstage. Even so, the emotional frankness on her third album is a revelation. Living Under June is a sweet-sounding but gently devastating exploration of vulnerability and grace. Arden sounds gutted as she puzzles over a callous lover’s behavior on “Insensitive,” while her tribute to her parents, “Good Mother,” is heartrending in its sincerity. Combined with her direct vocals, that guilelessness makes for a powerful listen.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
41 Ratings
41 Ratings
sross

great albulm

I fell in love with this album years ago and continue to find it a pleasure to
listen to. Not your typical, sickly sweet or overly produced pop.

jellibells

I forgot how much I loved her music

I used to listen to this album all the time when I was in college 10 years ago - wow, I forgot how much her music moved me and it brings back vivid memories. I still love it after all this time, so glad I found it again!

clferr

Timeless

I just had to write to agree with all the above reviews. This album is a timeless piece that satisfies every time I hear it. Jann's songs are so heartfelt and her singing style suits them perfectly. Some songs actually make me cry, others you just have to play loud and sing at the top of your lungs. Although there's not a single bad song, my favorites would have to be "Could I be your girl", "Demolition Love" and "Good Mother". Still great after all 10 + years...

About Jann Arden

Canadian singer/songwriter Jann Arden was born Jann Arden Richards in Calgary, Alberta in 1962. Two of her biggest musical influences during her childhood were John Denver and Karen Carpenter. Arden didn't have abundant dreams of stardom back then, but she did love music and began writing her own songs when she was only 13. At 17 she recorded a debut single, "Never Love a Sailor," released in 1980 under the name Jann Richards. After the single, she spent years performing at numerous clubs and festivals. As a singer, she joined bands like Factor 4 and Hip Hugger, perfecting her skills over time. It took Arden 13 years to move from that first independent effort to a full-length release, Time for Mercy, on the A&M Records label. A couple of the singles from the debut album became hits and helped Arden claim a Juno. In 1994, she completed a sophomore offering, Living Under June, proving she was no fleeting success.

The album Happy? followed in 1997, and Blood Red Cherry came out in 2001. A greatest-hits comp emerged soon after, as did Live with the Vancouver Symphony. The next few years found Arden writing and trying her hand at reality television. She came out with a couple books of poetry and personal narrative during this time; If I Knew, Don't You Think I'd Tell You was published in 2002, and I'll Tell You One Damn Thing, and That's All I Know followed in 2004. She also went on to author an advice column for Elle Canada. On top of all this, the musician started a diner in Calgary, The Arden, which in 2003 spawned a reality TV show called The Arden Diner. In spite of all the publicity, the restaurant closed in early 2005. As busy as she was, Arden's extracurricular activities didn't keep her out of the studio; she released another album, Love Is the Only Soldier, in 2003 and a self-titled full-length two years after that. Arden released a covers album in early 2007, the aptly titled Uncover Me, and followed it up with a Canadian tour. Her tenth studio album, Free, arrived in 2009, followed in 2010 by the live CD/DVD Spotlight. A second album of covers, Uncover Me, Vol. 2, arrived the following year. ~ Charlotte Dillon

HOMETOWN
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
GENRE
Pop
BORN
March 27, 1962

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