Cool Me Down

Cool Me Down

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by Jenai
     
 

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Idaho-born Jenai (she takes her name from an Ingrid Bergman film) has written songs for Sarah Evans and Mindy McCready, but it's the newcomer's vocal chops that take the lead on this impressive debut. Her voice stretches to the bluesy side of country and will evoke Wynonna comparisons on the sultry, swinging Cool Me Down. The songs are radio friendly but aren't

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Idaho-born Jenai (she takes her name from an Ingrid Bergman film) has written songs for Sarah Evans and Mindy McCready, but it's the newcomer's vocal chops that take the lead on this impressive debut. Her voice stretches to the bluesy side of country and will evoke Wynonna comparisons on the sultry, swinging Cool Me Down. The songs are radio friendly but aren't overwhelmed by studio gloss; Judds producer Brent Maher avoids orchestrated bombast; Jenai's backing band stays rooted in hard country; and she sings with soul and conviction at every step, from the galvanizing, up-tempo "Cool Me Down" to the gritty, blue-eyed soul lament "It Won't Be Me." Jenai makes the Shania Twain-ish dance-hall romp "Don't Hold Back Your Heart" her own with her swaggering, sexy vocal. Her most impressive performance comes on the mid-tempo meditation "Time to Dream"; atop a subtle arrangement rich in acoustic and pedal steel guitars, Jenai's voice modulates beautifully between yearning and determined modes, rising to a heart-tugging cry in rich, harmonized choruses that recall vintage Forester Sisters. Cool Me Down is one of the year's standout debuts so far, and for Jenai, it sounds like she's just getting warmed up.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Robert L. Doerschuk
Billed with one name and blessed with an assertive, expressive voice, Jenai makes an impressive debut with this collection of original tunes. Impeccable backup from a team of first-call Nashville cats certainly doesn't hurt, but the success of these tracks owes ultimately to the star. Her talent for digging deep into a lyric lends a dark and dangerous insinuation to the verses of "Be a Woman," while her equal facility for skimming over a dance beat adds to the Texas swing feel of "Papa Don't Ask, Mama Don't Know." Most striking are Jenai's performances on the wistful ballad "It Won't Be Me" and over the snappy backbeats of "Lyin' to My Heart": Intimate and soulful on the first, open-throated and resonant on the second, she echoes two strong and diverse aspects of Bonnie Raitt's style. More to the point, each of these songs feels tailor-made for Raitt. The fact that they share the same flaming hair color only confirms the impression that if Raitt ever wants to pass that torch to someone with maybe more of a country edge, a worthy acolyte may already be in line.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/07/2002
Label:
Curb Records
UPC:
0715187873629
catalogNumber:
78736

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Performance Credits

Jenai   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Kieran Kane   Mandolin,Percussion
Eddie Bayers   Drums,Trash Cans
Richard Bennett   Acoustic Guitar
Craig Bickhardt   Acoustic Guitar
Mike Brignardello   Bass
Jeff Coffin   Saxophone
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Mark Douthit   Saxophone
Dan Dugmore   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Carl Gorodetzky   Concert Master
Jim Horn   Saxophone
John Jarvis   Keyboards
Brent Maher   Tambourine
Doug Moffet   Saxophone
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Bobby Ogdin   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Denis Solee   Saxophone
Harry Stinson   Percussion,Background Vocals
Bergen White   Conductor
Glenn Worf   Bass
Reese Wynans   Organ,Piano,Hammond Organ
Kenny Vaughn   Electric Guitar
Spencer Campbell   Bass,Upright Bass
Fats Kaplin   Fiddle,Accordion,Steel Guitar
Mark Selby   Acoustic Guitar
Matt Glassmeyer   Saxophone
Ilya Toshinsky   Dobro

Technical Credits

Eddie Bayers   Contributor
Warren Hartman   Horn Arrangements
Brent Maher   Producer,Engineer
Bergen White   String Arrangements
Paul Scaife   Engineer

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Cool Me Down 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've heard a six song sampler for this album, and Jenai is the real deal. Forget Shania and Faith, Jenai is better looking than them both, and she has a voice that's only rivaled by Trisha, Patty Loveless and Wynonna. She's at home in all styles of country - ballads, rockin', country swing, and she performs everything flawlessly and effortlessly, without losing any enthusiasm. Get this album ASAP.