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Album Review

Jann Arden's debut, Time For Mercy, features 11 songs all focused on relationships, but with an uncommon intensity of commitment. When she sings the chorus of the passionate and intriguing "I Would Die For You," you believe every syllable — just as when she delivers the bad news of "I Just Don't Love You Anymore." Piano and Arden's own acoustic guitar work provide the main backing, with electric instrumentation adding subtle flourishes. Little Village drummer Jim Keltner anchors the rhythm section. A lonesome harmonica wail and the sweet bite of pedal steel color "We Do Strange Things" and "The Way Things Are Going" respectively. Strings are used to heighten the title track's emotional peak rather than drenching it in syrup.

Customer Reviews

Achingly Beautiful

This album is extremely well put together, especially for a debut. Jann Arden manages to capture such devastation in her lyrics and longing voice. The title track "Time For Mercy" is one of the most haunting and invoking songs I've ever heard. Every song is amazing, though the final track "Over You" in my opinion is the weakest track I've heard her ever record. Songs like the hit "I Would Die For You" available also on her US breakthrough Living Under June, "Will You Remember Me", "I Just Don't Love You Anymore" and "I'm Not Your Lover" are just dazzling. Jann is terribly underrated. Her style is unique and inspiring.

Raw,emotional, and real.

Yes, she sings about love, about relationships, about what life really boils down to. All too often, music is superficial, formulaic, and sterile. Jann Arden is exactly the opposite. She has a way of stripping out the superfluous and revealing the real part of herself, and her listeners. Her music is not meant to be casually listened to, it is poetry, it is meaningful, it is beautiful and gives voice to what is really important in life.

Arden at her finest

Boring? I don't think so..,,"I would die for you" is unprocessed and honest.. the entire album is emotionally charged and beautifully done. If you love Arden, you will love this CD. Not a bad song on the album.


Born: March 27, 1962 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

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....
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