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(21 May 2000) The second album from New York-based singer /songwriter Jennifer Marksis comprised of fourteen relatively short alternative pop tracks.Entitled My Name's Not Red (Red Kurl Records (USA) RK 000-2,2000) the album is the followup to the artist's debut album from1998, Pizza. Described as having lyrics ranging fromedgy to humourous, her honesty and integrity separate herfrom the rest of woman's pop music and place her in aleague of her own. Influenced by The Beatles, Joni Mitchell,REM, Prince and Elivis Costello, she is similar in sound toAimee Mann, Sarah McLachlan and Fiona Apple. Further informationis available at the artist's website and an extensive rangeof downloadable music is available at her mp3.comwebsite.

The songs on Jennifer's album are sung evocatively and theheartfelt delivery comes through in each one. The albums'ethereal tunes mix contemporary electronic instrumentationwith soaring vocalise and whispy lyrical segments ("Window" and"Dreamill"). The swinging tempo of "Halo" is perfectlycomplimented by the instrumental arrangement and maleharmony vocal.

Alternative pop tunes vary tempo betweeen slow and upbeatand include heartfelt lyrical segments ("Thick," "I Can'tLove You" and the highly memorable 60s sound of "High School Reunion"). Jazzy undertones of the title track are complimented by Jennifer's unique vocal treatment. The vocal raunchiness of "Turn Away" is contrasted by a rich instrumental arrangement; soft harmony vocals are especially notable. The quirky sound of "I'm Getting Old" is achieved with experimental vocal harmonies and the combination of various instrumental—circus-like—themes.

Slower numbers include folk rock tunes like "Unpredictable"and "Fly" where Jennifer's lead vocals far outweight the supporting instrumentals. The album's ballads ("Fragile" and "I'll Try") drip with emotion and instrumentals support the moods developed with the vocal delivery. The albumconcludes with excellent lead and harmony vocals in the alternative structured ballad "Standing In Lines."

You can find additional reviews, soundbites and order JenniferMarks' album My Name's Not Red from amazon.comhere. The album contains some highly memorable moments and is worthfurther exploration. Many of our readers will find the album is anice listen!

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