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Advance Review - Jamie Drake - Everything's Fine, (September 20, 2019)
From the top of Everything's Fine, there's something extremely mature about Jamie Drake's sound for being her debut album. It's no wonder she has co-written and collaborated with musical giants such as Jim James, Mikael Jorgensen (Wilco), and Moby. In a style that is part alt, part folk-esque, Drake ties it all together with her immense vocal talent. She flexes her vocal range, particularly in songs like "When the Tide Comes In", where she displays a wide range in her vocal register, as she harmonizes with herself. It simply sounds great. There's something very timeless about Drake's vocal style that is timeless in a way that reminds me of Jenny Lewis'.
Regarding the melodies on Everything is Fine, Drake works in some string sections and other classical elements that pop off the tracks. A couple of tracks that feature this include: "Everything's Fine", "Redwood Tree", and "To My Love". It gives the songs a different edge to them that is much appreciated here.
One area I wish I would have seen more of is Drake pushing her vocals on hooks. She showed range, but I thought it would be interesting to hear her push herself and the melodies to another level. For the most part, the tracks are somewhat laid back and more of an easy listen than anything else. I felt her vocals would shine even more there.
Tracks To Start With - "Everything's Fine", "To My Love", "Wonder", and "Blue"
Rating - 3.5/5