COURTNEY JAYE – Love and Forgiveness

Album: Love and Forgiveness

Artist: Courtney Jaye

Label: 1-2-3-4-GO!

Release Date: May 07, 2013

Courtney Jaye

www.courtneyjaye.com

BY LEE ZIMMERMAN

Courtney Jaye’s combination of radiant pop and roots regalia once suggested a style akin to the southern California sound of the early to mid ‘70s. No more though. This time around, her concession to commercial appeal is apparent, in the lavish arrangements and particularly in her sultry singing. Indeed this, her third disc to date, identifies her as something of a chanteuse, an image far removed from the down home designs preferred by her peers.

Although she surrounds herself with an Americana elite – Thad Cockrell, Mike Wrucke (Dixie Chicks, Miranda Lambert), Fred Eltringham (Dixie Chicks, The Wallflowers), bassist Sebastian Steinberg (Soul Coughing, Fiona Apple), pedal steel virtuoso Greg Leisz (Kris Kristofferson, Bruce Springsteen) and guitarists Josh Grange (The Jayhawks, Pistol Annies) and Neal Casal (Ryan Adams, Willie Nelson) — Love and Forgiveness boasts more sparkle and sheen. Whether it’s the spirited “Every Time We Say Goodbye,” the sturdy swagger and assertive authority of “One Way Conversation” and “I Thought About It,” or the sheer exuberance of “New Day” and “Ask Me To,” the general feeling is one that’s predominantly pop, effusive and engaging. It’s a bit slick, but Jaye still deserves points for her adroit execution.  

DOWNLOAD: “Every Time We Say Goodbye,” “I Thought About It,” “New Day”

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