Jenn Franklin - Errors & Admissions
Record Label: Animus 7 Music
Release Date: February 11, 2008
Female vocalist Jenn Franklin has the potential to do for soft rock what Joss Stone has done for modern jazz, namely attract a younger audience to its well of mellifluous sounds. Franklin’s latest release Errors & Admissions, produced by Nashville songwriter Peter Overton and herself, features a handful of songs written and co-written by Franklin. Each song is like a mini-opera with heated drama dripping from Franklin’s voice and melodically versed instruments circling around her like fog around a mountaintop. You will either find yourself greatly impressed by Franklin’s singing and handling of the vocal melodies, or you will feel like she is just another pretty face with a very pretty voice.
Her piano ballads “innocence to Lose,” “Fade,” and the soft rolling surf of “Cozumel” are the gemstones in her gold ring as the other four tracks bangle her vocals in enamel-based guitar riffs, thermal beats, and beautifully groomed lucite strings. “Fade” displays Franklin’s ability to control the reins over shifting dynamics as the center soars to a towering pitch and then decelerates to a smooth sailing drift through the exit. It’s inspiring that Franklin shows flexibility in her vocal melodies able to handle whatever changes come at her in these songs while making it all sound as smooth as a swan song even through the rocking waves of “What Took You So Long“ and whipping shears of “Impasse 900.” The passion resonating from her vocals grabs the listener by the shoulders in “Mercy” when she cries out, “And the world is no safe place / It’s a human sacrifice / And I’ve learned to keep my distance when I’m looking in your eyes to be careful how you kiss me … And just remember before you say good-bye to have mercy.”
Jenn Franklin gives female singers creditability and a reputation for being genuine. She is a new face with a gorgeous voice that hopefully won’t get lost in shuffle. Prior to the release of Errors & Admissions EP, Franklin performed at a showcase for the 2006 SXSW music conference in addition to playing at the International Folk Alliance, Dewey Beach Project, Diversafest, Midwest Music Summit, 2NMC, and the Nashville ASCAP Writers Series. She also performed on the nationally distributed compilation CD, GoGirls Musicfest 2006. Jenn Franklin has one of those voices that you don’t mess around with, it is heavenly just the way it is.