Century Spring

Century Spring

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by Mason Jennings
     
 
On Century Spring, Mason Jennings emerges an accomplished pop troubadour yearning for romance. In the spirit of Ray Davies, Rufus Wainwright, and John Hiatt, Jennings' witty vocal inflections speak volumes, underpinning his meditative lyrics with sex appeal and wisdom borne of experience. Though the disc boasts several spirited performances and a fresh mix,

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On Century Spring, Mason Jennings emerges an accomplished pop troubadour yearning for romance. In the spirit of Ray Davies, Rufus Wainwright, and John Hiatt, Jennings' witty vocal inflections speak volumes, underpinning his meditative lyrics with sex appeal and wisdom borne of experience. Though the disc boasts several spirited performances and a fresh mix, Jennings' expert songwriting skills are the main attraction. "Dewey Dell" is worthy of inclusion on Simon & Garfunkel's classic Bridge Over Troubled Water set, rendered here with a stark arpeggio guitar beneath a hypnotic parallel vocal harmony. Opening the disc with "Living in the Moment," a cheerful mid-tempo folk-rock cut reminiscent of Lennon's "Ballad Of John & Yoko" or one of Sugar Ray's several Top 40 hits, Jennings sets the stage for his melodic song-cycle of friendship, hope, and better days ahead. The grand piano intro to "Sorry Signs on Cash Machines" and the mock tragedy of "Killer's Creek" are among the many twists and turns Jennings affords his listeners, many of whom will push the replay button to squeeze every ounce of charm from this enticing collection.

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Acoustic Guitar
The guitar and vocal melodies are catchy, but the heart behind the lyrics is even more memorable.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/26/2002
Label:
Bar/None Records
UPC:
0032862012723
catalogNumber:
127
Rank:
159687

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Century Spring 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mason Jennings is one of the best songwriters that I have heard. In addition he has soulful vioce which adds another dimension to his music. Each song on this is great.