While a song from her previous album continues to climb the Texas charts (“Already Gone” is currently #25 on TRRR), Jenni Dale Lord Band dropped a new album on us last week; that album is called ‘Reboot’ and it’s a stunner. There is a comforting familiarity to this entire recording, even on first listen; this is the kind of artist that will make a new fan out of you when you weren’t looking.
Jenni is one that just spits out ear-worm after ear-worm. Each of her albums has a distinctly different sound, and while I enjoy them all, ‘Reboot’ has a lyrical style that conveys well with her vocals and effortlessly finds a spot in the corner of my brain.
‘Reboot’ came in under the radar for me; I was turned on to Jenni’s current radio single, but I gravitated to her new album almost immediately, falling in love with its varying degrees of honky-tonk and folky Americana. With lyrical content that feels like it was written from the corner booth of a low-lit down-and-outer bar, this one will hit you right in your country soft spot.
Jenni’s voice has a style that doesn’t need to prove it’s feminine; it doesn’t drip with sugary sweetness, there is power and confidence in her delivery. That’s not to say that it’s trying to be something it’s not, quite the contrary, I don’t think for a second that there is anything but honesty and reality in the delivery of her emotional lyrics. Some of the analogies and comparisons might seem cliché with someone else delivering them, but Jenni sings them in a way that leads us to believe this is just a snippet of the highlight reel of her life.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the quality of the players and production on this whole recording. This is an album that could stand alone on lyrics and vocals, but it’s so much better for the quality of its layout and well-played instrumentals. I often find myself more drawn to stripped down music, but I’m very impressed with how perfect everything works together to create such a well-rounded album.
“A New Me” is a perfect one to lead with; it sets the tone for the album, letting us know that this isn’t going to be just another sappy love song album. While we are treated to a couple love songs, this album is going to resonate for its eloquently written heartbreak songs. “I Think He Still Loves Me”, “Smile”, “A New Me”, and “Cigarettes and Alcohol” all have well assembled relatable lyrics and creative instrumentals. It’s albums like this that sneak up on me, reminding me just how much great music there is out there that I simply haven’t heard yet.
Find out more about Jenni Dale Lord band at their website and Facebook.