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For this reviewer it is always great to find an artist that is what would be considered a throwback. Janice B.’s recording, “My Life” released in 2011 by Stinkiface Music is considered this. The collection of music itself has the feeling of a Lounge Jazz Singer of the 1930’s with a modern twist.
This collection of songs sets the tone right away with “ To Grandma”, an old style sample of piano playing and acappella. From this the song “Shining Down” continues in the jazz world with an excellent percussion beat. The feelings of love and its many splendors are felt in “Love Will Find You” and “So Much Love”. There are inspirational messages all through these recordings as with the sitar sounding “Watch Me Fly” and “My Life”.
Janice B’s “My Life” does experiment with different subtle style of music than the traditional jazz feel that a lot of the songs in this collection has. There is the acoustic “I Remember”, the reggae feel of “So Much Love”, the piano sounds “A Part of You” and “Rain”. From this you can feel the many influences that are drawn upon by Janice B. and the limitless boundaries she has given herself. Janice B. even closes “My Life” with a spoken word track, a beautiful, emotional poem called “The Visit”.
The main instrument throughout this recording is Janice B.’s voice and the classic feel it has with it. It will take you away to days and styles gone by.
Janice B.’s “My Life” and its seventeen tracks are worth the listen to for those that are a fan of this style of music and for those that are looking to discover music that they are not familiar with.
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Reviewer’s Rating: Three music notes out of Five
Andrew Scott is a published international author, reviewer and radio show host.