Finally Woken

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Finally Woken, Jem's full-length debut, fleshes out the It All Starts Here EP with six additional tracks. It features the addicting title track, the same one that blew away KCRW and Nic Harcourt and got her signed to ATO, and it really is quite brilliant. With a dizzy main loop and loping percussion that undulates slyly beneath Jem's dusky vocal detachment, it sounds like what would happen if Beth Orton started bouncing ideas off of Super Furry Animals' hard drive. The song's formula essentially repeats throughout Finally Woken -- Jem's simplistically alluring vocals stringing along subtle electronic percussion, ear-catching samples, and melodic loops built from ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Finally Woken, Jem's full-length debut, fleshes out the It All Starts Here EP with six additional tracks. It features the addicting title track, the same one that blew away KCRW and Nic Harcourt and got her signed to ATO, and it really is quite brilliant. With a dizzy main loop and loping percussion that undulates slyly beneath Jem's dusky vocal detachment, it sounds like what would happen if Beth Orton started bouncing ideas off of Super Furry Animals' hard drive. The song's formula essentially repeats throughout Finally Woken -- Jem's simplistically alluring vocals stringing along subtle electronic percussion, ear-catching samples, and melodic loops built from traditional instruments. However, perhaps because this debut sort of snuck up on her, it seems stylistically scattershot. Jem and collaborator Yoad Nevo have a jones for switching things up. They elongate and reduce their elements wildly, to varying degrees of success. "Missing You," for example, is just too weepy, while "Wish I"'s breezy '60s pop update somehow sounds too shrill. Still, this adventurism is to be applauded. Jem could've rewritten "Finally Woken" ten times and given Dido a run for the MOR electro-pop title. Instead, she settles awkwardly between mainstream accessibility and intimate bedroom electronica -- she even recorded much of her vocal work in bedrooms. "They" amplifies the percussion and drops in chattering children nonsensicals as a sample, while "Save Me"'s sultry bump could have been written for Ashanti. It just begs for an MC to break in; instead, Jem herself switches to cheeky sort of rap cadence for the final verse. "Mirror mirror on the wall/Who's the dumbest of them all?" she coos in her slight Welsh lilt. "24" is more aggressive with its insistent violin loop and roaring electric guitar -- there's even a church bell tolling in the background -- while "Falling for You" channels the breezy space pop of Zero 7. Overall, Jem's songcraft is only ambitious in relation to a genre often defined by a "blander is better" pleasure principle. But it's the intimacy she squeezes between Finally Woken's capable cutting, pasting, and sequencing that makes it really inviting. It's like a sheaf of endearingly crumpled love letters from a talented, scatterbrained friend.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2004
  • Label: Ato Records
  • UPC: 880882151928
  • Catalog Number: 21519
  • Sales rank: 60,593

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 They (3:16)
  2. 2 Come on Closer (3:47)
  3. 3 Finally Woken (3:58)
  4. 4 Save Me (3:33)
  5. 5 24 (3:54)
  6. 6 Missing You (4:01)
  7. 7 Wish I (3:56)
  8. 8 Just a Ride (3:20)
  9. 9 Falling for You (4:17)
  10. 10 Stay Now (3:43)
  11. 11 Flying High (4:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jem Primary Artist
Nick Ingman Conductor
Paul Herman Acoustic Guitar
Yoad Nevo Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Bass, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Recorder, Sitar, Double Bass, spanish guitar, Mini Harp
Justin Griffiths Acoustic Guitar, fender rhodes
Technical Credits
Nick Coler Composer
Nick Ingman Arranger, String Arrangements
Brian Higgins Composer
Mike Caren Composer
Ge-ology Producer
Lloyd Gardiner Engineer
Paul Herman Composer
Yoad Nevo Arranger, Composer, Producer, Mastering, Water Bottle
Jem Griffiths Composer
Jem Arranger, Producer
Danny Griffin Bass Programming
Justin Griffiths Composer, String Arrangements
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a unique talent

    I love the songs on this CD. Jem is a wonderfully individual artist who refuses to be limited to one genre or style of music. I highly recommend this CD!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Highly Recommend this CD!

    Jem's music is like no other! Her songs are addicting, and her voice is beautiful. I first heard her music on the OC soundtrack, after that, I went out and bought Finally Woken. If you are looking for something that you can listen to in your car or on your personal music player, this is the CD for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This CD is 10 stars!

    This CD is so good! Every track! Its a wonderful mix of vocals, and a little Rock N Roll. I like to think this CD is> Dido + Enya + Classic Rock, and Wit.. you will enjoy this CD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You will love this CD

    I listened to this on a listening station one day while strolling through a music store, and absolutely HAD to have it. Every song is great, which is hard to find in a CD these days. I can listen to this CD in the car, while I'm in the bath, on my MP3 player while jogging...it's totally versatile and great for either getting ready to go out with friends, having friends over, or chilling out by yourself. I don't know how she does it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT!

    This cd is AWESOME! There's something really odd about her vocals..they sound almost frosted. In any case, it adds an element of distinction to her work, which is fantastic all by itself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One Song Captures You!

    I don't have Jem's CD, but after listening to the music clips, I totally got hooked. She has a unique sound, a different vibe. It's such chill music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Addictive!

    I love this cd. I was listening to it in the store and I bought it right then, I love it. I was looking for something different and unique, and THIS was it! I HIGHLY recommend this cd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Addicting tunes

    Awesome CD! I heard it playing at a music store and bought it right away. After playing it for my girlfriends, they all went out and bought a copy. If you like Dido, you will love Jem. It's kind of like club music on prozac... stimulating but somehow calming too. It really is addicting, you'll find yourself listening to it over and over and over...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    its great

    its relaxing music that you can just sit and forget all things.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It has a pulse.

    I got this cd only cause I heard it in the store. Now I can't stop playing it over and over....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fresh sound and great music

    I bought Jem's "It All Starts Here" CD after hearing "Just A Ride" on The Spy (www.1053thespy.com), a really cool alternative station in Oklahoma City. I heard the song and was hooked, so I found Jem's website on the internet and ordered her CD through it. It was so good that I couldn't wait for the new full-length CD to come out. The new release did not disappoint. I love all kinds of music, especially alternative music. This CD is a little different than what I'm used to, but it is quite refreshing. I highly recommend this CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great all over!

    i can actually say i like every song on this cd...and that is a rarity for me. good lyrics...good music!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    tight grooves and smooth vocals

    This cd is what you would get by smashing Dido with Evanescence and adding a sprinkle of "trip-hop." The first 5 tracks will have you grooving on a dance floor while the last six will have relaxing at the table in the club with drink in hand.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I definitely recommend this album!

    my friend bought me this CD and i love every song on this album.

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