Jennifer Hanson

Jennifer Hanson

by Jennifer Hanson
     
 

Songwriter, producer, performer -- newcomer Jennifer Hanson has a lot going for her besides a hit single ("Beautiful Goodbye") right out of the box. In photos, the rail-thin Californian looks a bit like Sheryl Crow; in voice she's a cross between Crow and Jo Dee Messina -- the former's sultry seductiveness,See more details below

Overview

Songwriter, producer, performer -- newcomer Jennifer Hanson has a lot going for her besides a hit single ("Beautiful Goodbye") right out of the box. In photos, the rail-thin Californian looks a bit like Sheryl Crow; in voice she's a cross between Crow and Jo Dee Messina -- the former's sultry seductiveness, the latter's bluesy grit -- and her style of contemporary country is replete with rock energy and attack. Churning, celebratory rhythms, Stones-ish guitar, and an exultant, layered vocal combine to cut appealingly against the grain of a breakup story that forms the narrative of "Beautiful Goodbye." A friend calls off her wedding and is encouraged to cut loose in other ways, too, as guitars crunch and ring on "Get Yourself Back" (complete with a neat axe lick lifted in part from the Beatles' "If I Needed Someone"). The most compelling song on the album is the winsome, atmospheric shuffle "Travis," in which Hanson recounts a childhood friendship with an abused boy ("Is your world still black and blue?"). Hanson can dig into a ballad with the best of 'em, too. The bluesy, dramatic heartbreaker "It Isn't Just Raining" (which Pam Tillis scorched on her Thunder and Roses album) and the alluringly romantic album closer, "Simply Yours," with its mix of acoustic guitar, crying pedal steel, lush strings, and ascending orchestral passages, suggest more than a passing familiarity with classic pop phrasing and attitude. Jennifer Hanson the artist has it all, and Jennifer Hanson the album sounds like the start of something big.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Todd Kristel
The album's opener, "Beautiful Goodbye," is representative of the upbeat, electric guitar-driven sound that dominates much of Jennifer Hanson's debut. Yet it's also somewhat misleading, since there's more to Hanson than this somewhat overwrought and generic slice of pop
ock music. While she doesn't quite put a distinctively original, personal stamp on every song, she does demonstrate an impressive command of her craft. Her voice has just the right combination of sultriness and grit, and she avoids diva-style overkill when she emotes. The songs (nine of which were co-written by Hanson) demonstrate a knack for observational storytelling, most notably the tale of a womanizer on "Half a Heart Tattoo" and the recollection of an abused friend on "Travis." Another high point is the ballad "It Isn't Just Raining," which was co-written by Hanson, Mark Nesler, and Tony Martin and originally recorded by Pam Tillis; her rendition of this song, as well as the classic country sound of "This Far Gone," indicates that there is emotional substance to her music despite the slickness of some of this album.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/18/2003
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0724353524708
catalogNumber:
35247

Tracks

  1. Beautiful Goodbye  - Jennifer Hanson
  2. Just One of Those Days  - Jennifer Hanson
  3. Half a Heart Tattoo  - Jennifer Hanson
  4. This Far Gone  - Jennifer Hanson
  5. Get Yourself Back  - Jennifer Hanson
  6. All Those Yesterdays  - Jennifer Hanson
  7. Travis  - Jennifer Hanson
  8. One Little Word  - Jennifer Hanson
  9. It Isn't Just Raining  - Jennifer Hanson
  10. Baby I Was Wrong  - Jennifer Hanson
  11. Simply Yours  - Jennifer Hanson

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jennifer Hanson   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion
David Angell   Violin
Gary Burnette   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Gut String Guitar
John Catchings   Cello
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
David Davidson   Violin
Dan Dugmore   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,Slide Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Thomas Flora   Background Vocals
Shannon Forrest   Drums,Tambourine
Kenny Greenberg   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Mike Rojas   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Mellotron,Wurlitzer
Pamela Sixfin   Violin
Kristin Wilkinson   Viola
Kirk "Jelly Roll" Johnson   Harmonica
Mark Nesler   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Troy Lancaster   Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar

Technical Credits

Greg Droman   Producer,Engineer
Denise Jarvis   Producer
Jennifer Hanson   Producer
Joanna Carter   Art Direction
Hank Williams   Mastering

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