Racine

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Is anyone named more appropriately than Sass Jordan? On her sophomore effort, the Montreal-based rocker kicks the synth-heavy Starship impersonation of her first album to the curb, raids her old Faces and Bad Company LPs for inspiration, and turns the attitude up to 11. Racine "roots" in French lurches into gear with "Make You a Believer," a brassy, swaggering nugget of electric barroom crunch that draws from the same well as the Black Crowes but might go one better with its surging gospel chorus. "If You're Gonna Love Me" wraps a cutting riff around Jordan's reckless vocal, which threatens to careen out of control but -- of course -- never does. Jordan's a pro, as her ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Is anyone named more appropriately than Sass Jordan? On her sophomore effort, the Montreal-based rocker kicks the synth-heavy Starship impersonation of her first album to the curb, raids her old Faces and Bad Company LPs for inspiration, and turns the attitude up to 11. Racine "roots" in French lurches into gear with "Make You a Believer," a brassy, swaggering nugget of electric barroom crunch that draws from the same well as the Black Crowes but might go one better with its surging gospel chorus. "If You're Gonna Love Me" wraps a cutting riff around Jordan's reckless vocal, which threatens to careen out of control but -- of course -- never does. Jordan's a pro, as her effortless shift into balladry for "You Don't Have to Remind Me" proves. When she sings the payoff line after the chorus -- "Because every night I sleep alone" -- it's with a sigh and a nod, as if she's acknowledging the crappiness of how things go, but will just have another cigarette and forget about it, because there's plenty of fish in the sea. Later, a horn section stops by for "Do What Ya Want," and even if it's totally clich├ęd, it somehow works, if only on the sheer elastic sandpaper quality of Jordan's vocal. That's the thing about Racine -- it's not sparklingly original, but who ever said great barroom hard rock had to be? Each song starts with a chip on its shoulder, as if Jordan's the new girl in town and wants to prove she can hang. By song's end, she's the center of attention. And trashing the cold synths of Tell Somebody for the vibrant Hammond organ of the title track and "Windin' Me Up" was the best possible move she could have made. Jordan always sings straight from her heart -- it's great to hear her throaty purr over instrumentation that comes from the same place.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/2007
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 060270056428
  • Catalog Number: 78736
  • Sales rank: 275,597

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sass Jordan Primary Artist, Vocals
Jerry Goodman Violin
Eric Bazilian Mandolin
The Fabulous Martin Brothers Horn
Erik Gloege Percussion, Background Vocals
Rick Neigher Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals
David Raven Drums
S.A.S. Background Vocals
Stevie Salas Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Kevin Savigar Keyboards
Johnny Lee Schell Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals
Greg Sutton Bass, Background Vocals
Jeffrey "C.J." Vanston Strings
Technical Credits
Greg Calbi Mastering
Dennis MacKay Engineer
Rick Neigher Producer
Ed Thacker Engineer
Jeffrey "C.J." Vanston Arranger, String Arrangements
Jim Pezzullo Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Extraordinary

    Not a single bad track on this album!!!

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