Jann Arden: Time for Mercy
Jann Arden, a legend in her native Canada, recently inducted into the CAB Broadcast Hall of Fame, remains painfully unknown in the United States. Here we'll look at her first two releases.
With her American debut, Jann came out in full force. The opening track, "Could I Be Your Girl," rocks hard and fierce, displaying all the typical Jann Arden writing quirkiness and vocal musicianship. Lost in the deluge of female singer/songwriter releases by Jewel and Alanis, this song easily should have been recognized as one of the better songs released that year. The rest of the album lives up to the promised hinted at in her debut. Jann managed to balance her love of the slower, country ballads with some fast-kicking grooves. Interspersed through the album, songs like "Looking For It", "Living Under June" and "Gasoline," punctuate her yearnings with moments of pure acoustic power.