Jennifer Warnes: Another Time, Another Place

Album review
Jennifer Warnes: Another Time, Another Place

Jennifer Warnes

Another Time, Another Place

Label: BMG/Impex
Media: LP
Genre: Rock/pop
Ratings:
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Warnes’ first album in 17 years reminds us how much this singular talent has been missed. A benediction about finding resilience in the face of personal misfortune and political uncertainty, it touches on themes of love, loss, and hope. The ten tracks include songs by Eddie Vedder (“Just Breathe”) and Mark Knopfler (“Why Worry”) and an homage to post-Katrina New Orleans (“The Big Easy”). Underscoring Warnes’ wide-ranging talent are the cherished classics “Tomorrow Night” and “I See Your Face Before Me,” where the lush string orchestration recalls Nelson Riddle. Another Time also represents a reunion with fellow Leonard Cohen alum Roscoe Beck, who also acted as collaborator/co-producer on Warnes’ Famous Blue Raincoat. Peppered with stellar side-musicians like guitarist Dean Parks, pedal steel legend Greg Leisz, and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, the spare arrangements are as cozy as a porch swing, with accents of dobro, accordion, organ. Sonics on the 180-gram LP sport smooth airy highs and a full presence range. Though Warnes is in her early 70s, her voice has aged gracefully, her highest notes a bit more earthbound, yet filled with interpretive elasticity and luminance, and of course, glorious phrasing. Welcome back, JW.

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