11 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s all about the voice, really. As Laura Jansen hits the angelic high notes of “Bells,” it’s obvious she possesses natural talent. This debut album combines her two EPs released in Holland, 2007’s Trauma and 2009’s Single Girls, with a newly-recorded version of Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody” and a live version of “Single Girls” added as a bonus. Her songwriting is equally adventurous. “Single Girls” catalogs the things she’s done since breaking up with the lover she’s addressing in song. “Wicked World” adds extra sassy beats and vocal effects to make this Fiona Apple-like romp even more alluring. But it’s the purebred beauty and exquisite production of “Perfect,” “Come to Me” and the reggae “Soljah” that allow this natural soprano the room to become herself with outsized results. Her piano rendition of “Use Somebody” proves her great versatility. Her musical facility is not all that unexpected coming from a Berklee School of Music graduate, but the music’s incredible heart cannot be taught.

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s all about the voice, really. As Laura Jansen hits the angelic high notes of “Bells,” it’s obvious she possesses natural talent. This debut album combines her two EPs released in Holland, 2007’s Trauma and 2009’s Single Girls, with a newly-recorded version of Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody” and a live version of “Single Girls” added as a bonus. Her songwriting is equally adventurous. “Single Girls” catalogs the things she’s done since breaking up with the lover she’s addressing in song. “Wicked World” adds extra sassy beats and vocal effects to make this Fiona Apple-like romp even more alluring. But it’s the purebred beauty and exquisite production of “Perfect,” “Come to Me” and the reggae “Soljah” that allow this natural soprano the room to become herself with outsized results. Her piano rendition of “Use Somebody” proves her great versatility. Her musical facility is not all that unexpected coming from a Berklee School of Music graduate, but the music’s incredible heart cannot be taught.

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About Laura Jansen

Just one year after moving to Los Angeles to jump-start her music career, Dutch singer/songwriter and pianist Laura Jansen recorded her debut EP, the five-song Trauma. Frequent appearances around L.A. earned her a growing fan base that stretched across North America, and in August, 2007 one of her songs, "Soljah," made it onto one of the episodes of MTV's Newport Harbor, a series based on the successful Laguna Beach show. In 2009, her Single Girls EP would be released in Holland. That same year, the rest of the world received Bells, an album that combined her two previously released EPs and added a newly recorded cover of Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody." Jansen's second full-length studio album, the dreamy, beat-driven Elba, was produced by English songwriter and producer Matt Hales (Aqualung) and released in early 2013. ~ Marisa Brown

HOMETOWN
Breda, The Netherlands
GENRE
Pop
BORN
March 4, 1977

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