The Beautiful Wild by Jenn Grant on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

2011 JUNO nominee Jenn Grant takes flight on her fourth release, The Beautiful Wild. It’s superbly produced by her husband (and keyboardist for In-Flight Safety), Daniel Ledwell, who creates remarkable arrangements using guitars, bass, drums, fiddle, banjo, pedal steel, piano, and horns, as well as a children’s choir on two tracks. Grant’s charming voice is the album's centerpiece, sliding between notes with natural grace. She’s a deeply expressive singer, coy in some places and forceful in others. The strength of her vocals makes the introspective tracks the most memorable, namely “The Fighter,” “I Want You Back,” “Hollywood,” and “Michael.” The pace quickens with “I’ve Got Your Fire,” “White Dove,” and “In the Belly of the Dragon,” all upbeat folk-pop gems. Mixing things up is “Gone Baby Gone,” a dense mix of percussion, vocals, electric guitar riffs, treated sitar, and harp. She throws a wild card with the closer “Green Grows the Lilac,” which—despite the title—is an unexpected reworking of Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” done as a piano ballad. It's an odd choice, but it works. The result is a warm album rich with atmosphere and subtle textures.

EDITORS’ NOTES

2011 JUNO nominee Jenn Grant takes flight on her fourth release, The Beautiful Wild. It’s superbly produced by her husband (and keyboardist for In-Flight Safety), Daniel Ledwell, who creates remarkable arrangements using guitars, bass, drums, fiddle, banjo, pedal steel, piano, and horns, as well as a children’s choir on two tracks. Grant’s charming voice is the album's centerpiece, sliding between notes with natural grace. She’s a deeply expressive singer, coy in some places and forceful in others. The strength of her vocals makes the introspective tracks the most memorable, namely “The Fighter,” “I Want You Back,” “Hollywood,” and “Michael.” The pace quickens with “I’ve Got Your Fire,” “White Dove,” and “In the Belly of the Dragon,” all upbeat folk-pop gems. Mixing things up is “Gone Baby Gone,” a dense mix of percussion, vocals, electric guitar riffs, treated sitar, and harp. She throws a wild card with the closer “Green Grows the Lilac,” which—despite the title—is an unexpected reworking of Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” done as a piano ballad. It's an odd choice, but it works. The result is a warm album rich with atmosphere and subtle textures.

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About Jenn Grant

Born on Prince Edward Island and raised in Halifax, Jenn Grant is a Canadian singer/songwriter whose lyrical folk/pop has earned her three Juno nominations and widespread acclaim. Although originally self-released, her first EP caught the attention of Paris 1919 Records, which released her full-length debut, Orchestra for the Moon, in 2007. The album featured collaborations with a number of Canadian pop luminaries like Ron Sexsmith, Jill Barber, and the Heavy Blinkers. Her sophomore LP, 2009's Echoes, was recorded on a farm in rural Ontario and was followed a year later by the Songs for Siigoun EP, named in honor of her fiancé's newborn niece. 2011's critically lauded Honeymoon Punch represented a stylistic shift into more experimental indie rock territory, and was nominated for a Juno award as well as making the longlist for the Polaris Music Prize. The more understated and lush The Beautiful Wild followed in 2012 and was produced by husband and producer Daniel Ledwell, earning Grant an East Coast Music Award for Pop Recording of the Year in 2013. 2014 saw the release of both the Clairvoyant EP and her ambitious fifth album, Compostela, introducing psychedelic elements into her distinctive sound through collaborations with Buck 65, Don Kerr, Doug Paisley, and others. ~ Andrew Leahey & Timothy Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Prince Edward Island, Canada

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