Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Jackie Venson -- Transcends

Jackie Venson has been hitting the road and shredding it up for quite some time. Venson's songs have a gentle charm that is accented by her face-melting blues solos. While each of Venson's successive recordings has highlighted her guitar work, Transcends shows Venson coming into her own as a songwriter.

Each song on here has a distinct personality. What I appreciate is that the songs stray into pop and avant-R&B territory, yet it all comes of a piece. "Fast" is a more straightforward blues rocker, whereas "Mysterious" is a tightly curated piece. "Fight" takes on some disco qualities. The album's closer and title track ties the genres together to its fundamental core: transformative and affirming music that relies on rock-solid grooves and is buttressed by guitar fireworks. I love the growth in Venson's confidence that is so visible in each album. She's going to go some exciting places musically, so you better got on the train now.

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