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Editors’ Notes

This time out, this Pacific Northwest-rooted singer/songwriter moves away from the brooding folk sounds of her debut album towards a soul-pop sound at once sophisticated and innocent in feel. A part of Sufjan Stevens’ circle of talented oddballs, Janes has become adept at writing homespun hymns using simple, heartfelt language and warmly flowing melodies. A deeply abiding faith lends an underlying strength to the subdued musings of tracks like “Up from Down,” “Who Will Take Care” and “Time & Space.” Janes is a formalist of the old school; “Trees” in particular has the sweetly chaste quality of a 19th-century parlor ballad. Balancing such prim tendencies are softly sensual numbers like “Anchor,” an airy groove tune that recalls the sparkle and flutter of Minnie Riperton. Janes uses these musical settings to offer prayers and hosannas celebrating the Lord’s creations. Caressing brass, chiming keyboards and softly insistent percussion compliment her vocals. Say Goodbye provides an excellent chance to say hello to this whimsical yet compelling artist.

Customer Reviews


really nice, soulful music, sweet.

What sounds like Liz Janes?

Liz Janes has a rare gift in her ability to give stunning vocal performances in the recording studio. The songs on this album feel both deeply personal to Janes and somehow deeply relevant for the listerner. They are honest and human, raw and surprisingly filled with the sound of hope in the midst of sadness. In fact, if hope in the midst of sadness could make a sound, it would sound like Liz Janes.


With so much noise all around us, it takes me by surprise to actually have to pay attention to the intriguing minimalist Janes. Quirky and sincere, this album is pretty much fantastic and conjures up lots of thoughts and images.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Singer and songwriter Liz Janes fell into a career in music almost by accident, which is surprising given the emotional power and confidence of her work. Janes grew up in a suburb of Washington D.C., where was raised on a steady diet of AM radio before discovering classic blues, jazz, and gospel. Young Janes took piano lessons and began performing in student recitals, while also dropping in at jazz clubs in Philadelphia, but in her early teens, she developed a severe case of stage fright that soured...
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