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Racine

Sass Jordan

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Album Review

Is anyone named more appropriately than Sass Jordan? On her sophomore effort, the Montreal-based rocker kicks the synth-heavy Starship impersonation of her first album to the curb, raids her old Faces and Bad Company LPs for inspiration, and turns the attitude up to 11. Racine ("roots" in French) lurches into gear with "Make You a Believer," a brassy, swaggering nugget of electric barroom crunch that draws from the same well as the Black Crowes but might go one better with its surging gospel chorus. "If You're Gonna Love Me" wraps a cutting riff around Jordan's reckless vocal, which threatens to careen out of control but — of course — never does. Jordan's a pro, as her effortless shift into balladry for "You Don't Have to Remind Me" proves. When she sings the payoff line after the chorus — "Because every night I sleep alone" — it's with a sigh and a nod, as if she's acknowledging the crappiness of how things go, but will just have another cigarette and forget about it, because there's plenty of fish in the sea. Later, a horn section stops by for "Do What Ya Want," and even if it's totally clichéd, it somehow works, if only on the sheer elastic sandpaper quality of Jordan's vocal. That's the thing about Racine — it's not sparklingly original, but who ever said great barroom hard rock had to be? Each song starts with a chip on its shoulder, as if Jordan's the new girl in town and wants to prove she can hang. By song's end, she's the center of attention. And trashing the cold synths of Tell Somebody for the vibrant Hammond organ of the title track and "Windin' Me Up" was the best possible move she could have made. Jordan always sings straight from her heart — it's great to hear her throaty purr over instrumentation that comes from the same place.

Customer Reviews

Love this album!

This album is one of my favorites of all time. Thank God for downloading; I have purchased the CD so many times because friends always seem to help themselves to my copy of "Racine." Everyone I play the disc for LOVES it! Great album, great lyrics and Sass has a great voice - unique, great for rocking, and passionate too! Sass, make another album, dear!

I wanted to believe in something

I can not even put into words how this album changed my life. In the early 90's I was sitting around my fantastic apartment with my nice sport's car and wonderful job and was miserable. I thought life was all about getting stuff. When I realized the stuff was not making me happy was when I listened to Sass Jordans song "I want to believe." This song caused me to reexamine my life and learn to believe in myself as well as other important things. Thank you Sass.... You changed my life.

Unbelievable Voice!

I heard Sass back in the early 90's on a LA radio Station and was completely hooked on her voice and song approach. I think her name perfectly fits with her style. Truly a modern day Janis Joplin. She should have been a huge star with her voice and attitude. This is one of my most valued CD's and I love to play it for people, who always wonder why they have never heard of her. ??

Racine, Sass Jordan
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