Monday, February 11, 2013

Albums : Jenny O. : Automechanic

Albums : Jenny O. : Automechanic

Listen To Jenny O. : Automechanic

Who Is Jenny O?
Automechanic is the appropriately titled debut full-length by Los Angeles artist Jenny O. A great distance from her Long Island, New York beginnings on the now critically praised EP "Home," Jenny O. has refined her songwriting to a well-oiled machine. With touches of noteworthy Los Angeles mile-markers like Harry Nilsson, Ricky Lee Jones, Randy Newman, and Carol King, her playful attitude towards life shines here in sweepingly poignant songwriting and lyrical delivery. Honest diatribes and insightful glances of life, love and the adventure of Los Angeles radiate in her songs. Automechanic is metaphor for taking the wheel, self sufficiency and the courage of artistic honesty. Upon first listen to Automechanic, the nature of Jenny O.'s vision rings clear. She wields a creative confidence, open and bare in her expression, but inviting, mirthful, and fun.

Automechanic is a diverse yet cohesive collection of songs, where Jenny O. weaves through spirited guitar jams a la Neil Young like the album's title track “Automechanic” or the kindred J.J. Cale-styled number "Good Love." An inadvertent talent for truth enables her to deliver sheer vulnerability in songs like "Sun Moon and Stars" where she declares with bravura and clarity; "And when I get to crying instead… over something you said…I'll stand by the blues… I'm gonna use em… I'll make a note not to abuse em."

Jenny O. taps fearlessly into a bevy of styles here. The 70's R&B-inspired "Lazy Jane" is a tale of relationship dissolution leaving one immobile with heartbreak and regret. In turn, "Get Lost" rolls with a modern folk and country throwback: arpeggiated chords under a slow-burned melody that lyrically offers the safety in just letting go. "Come Get Me" may be Jenny O.'s most adventurous tune of all, delving into far-out guitar tones, unabashed drum fills, and joyous background harmonies. (Read More)

Regions Of Light And Sound Of God Review
Jenny O: the body of Patti Smith, the soul of Janis Joplin, the voice of Stevie Nicks. At least this was the impression I got after seeing her open for Father John Misty back in September. I say this not to limit her to some kind of look-a-like, sound-a-like, or feel-a-like persona, but because if there’s one thing I’ve learned from Jenny’s debut album Automechanic, it’s that she’s an unpredictable genius.

After listening to her self-released 2011 EP Home, I had general expectations for what I would hear on Automechanic, even after hearing the albums title track. What I was anticipating was more of the same, cutesy indie folk-pop, and was pleasantly surprised to find that this album was deeper, wider, and more mature. As much as I loved adorable songs like Well Ok Honey from Home, Automechanic displays Jenny’s growth as an artist. The end result is guaranteed to be one of the years best.

Produced by Jonathan Wilson, who co-produced and infused catchy vintage hooks into Father John Misty’s Fear Fun, Wilson does the same here. Automechanic has the feeling of a worn out dance floor at a gritty midnight discotheque from a bygone era. Songs like Come Get Me and Good Love, are modern Disco classics, a mirrored ball, polyester jumpsuits (Jenny wore a red corduroy jumpsuit when I saw her back in September) and maybe even a pair of white lace-up roller skates, ooze from these songs like dance floor sweat. (Read More)

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