Jill Johnson : The well-known and some other favourite stories CD2

No matter what she sings, if there is something striking about Jill Johnson, it’s her voice. This Swedish artist has got a powerful voice which really is unique in the sense that we could recognise it among hundreds and this compilation I am focusing on makes no exception to that.

The so-well called The well-known and some other favourite stories, provides us at least as much as songs, with different stories, which reflect the important work on the lyrics written so well that the effect is immediate; we not only listen to the sounds and her singing, but actually picture the whole settings in our minds. Jill sings about you, about me, about pretty much anyone, the identification being almost instant to one song, or another which makes one of this greatest album’s goals reached.

The strength of this album is also made by the variety of instruments used although barely noticeable for some of them. Guitar, violin, piano to name a few, fit perfectly well to most of the tracks, the piano probably being the least appealing association with Jill’s powerful voice, notably in “Better than me” . Predominantly country which is Jill Johnson’s mark, this album also is tinted with gospel influences as we can hear in “Don’t feel like me” that I personally didn’t like much as the title ironically says. Indeed, this track like a few others represents the negative point of this album being the predominance of songs that wouldn’t inspire too much joy and happiness. That doesn’t mean that it is lacking in quality, because most songs remain powerful in that they are a great representation of catharsis and real invitations to think and feel things.

We will also notice the great ability to associate catchy and lively rhythms to sad lyrics like country Goldies we know many American singers of the 50’s through to the 70’s are good at.

So in general, an overall good album with an amazing closing track “It’s too late” considered as a personal classic one must hear at least once especially for its instrumental ending part which really is a masterpiece.

7/10

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