Jennifer Marks

Jennifer Marks

by Jennifer Marks
     
 
Jennifer Marks wasn't the first singer/songwriter to write about a heterosexual female having a homoerotic fantasy; members of the Christian right went into convulsions when Jill Sobule had a major hit with "I Kissed a Girl" in 1995. But Marks resurrected that subject with very infectious results on 2002's "It Turned Me On," which --

Overview

Jennifer Marks wasn't the first singer/songwriter to write about a heterosexual female having a homoerotic fantasy; members of the Christian right went into convulsions when Jill Sobule had a major hit with "I Kissed a Girl" in 1995. But Marks resurrected that subject with very infectious results on 2002's "It Turned Me On," which -- unless one is a hardcore homophobe à la Rick Santorum -- came across as more cute than subversive. Actually, it's hard to use the word "subversive" in connection with Marks, who has been responsible for some of the sunnier, more optimistic pop
ock and adult alternative recordings of the 21st century. In contrast to all the singer/songwriters who live and breathe angst -- Alanis Morissette and Ani DiFranco, for example -- Marks has generally refused to see the glass as half empty. And she maintains that outlook on this self-titled disc, which is her first album for Bardic Records after several years of putting out CDs on her own Red Kurl label. This 2004 release isn't oblivious to life's challenges; Marks sings about romantic disappointments, bosses who are jerks, and being behind in the rent, but when all is said and done, the New Yorker's optimism prevails -- if Marks' lyrics are a mixture of sun and clouds, the sun ultimately has the upper hand. But even if one didn't speak a word of English and had no idea what she was singing about, this album would still come across as generally good-natured; that's because Marks brings so much pop
ock sweetness to her work. There is nothing angular or abstract about this CD; Marks is consistently tuneful and melodic, and that hooky approach serves her well on infectious tracks like "Avalanche," "Any Other Way," and the anthemic "Live." Those who have enjoyed Marks' Red Kurl recordings won't find this Bardic debut to be the least bit disappointing.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/04/2004
Label:
BARDIC RECORDS
UPC:
0806117100226
catalogNumber:
171002

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jennifer Marks   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Billy Branigan   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals
Peter Bliss   Autoharp
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Lloyd Landesman   Piano,Drums,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Audrey Martells   Background Vocals
Dan McCoy   Background Vocals
Linc Milliman   Upright Bass
Jack Petruzzelli   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Doug Petty   Synthesizer,Piano
Mike Shipley   Drums
David Wolfert   Strings
Bill Dobrow   Drums
Mike Rogers   Drums
Tommy DeVito   Percussion,Drums
Cameron Greider   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
John Campos   Keyboards
Brad Albetta   Bass,Percussion,Piano,Drums
Tobias Ralph   Drums
Jeffrey Dee Campbell   Acoustic Guitar
Karen Jacobsen   Background Vocals
Mark Robham   Drums
John Hill   Bass

Technical Credits

Billy Branigan   Producer
Peter Bliss   Composer
Lloyd Landesman   drum programming
Audrey Martells   Vocal Arrangements
Mike Shipley   Producer,Executive Producer
Michael Ochs   Composer
Cameron Greider   Producer
John Campos   Producer,Engineer
Brian Fulk   Engineer
Manifest   drum programming
Brad Albetta   Producer
Jennifer Marks   Composer,Producer
Mike Rodgers   Engineer
Jeff Cohen   Composer
Jenny Bruce   Composer
Ana Guigui   Composer

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