Jenny Owen Youngs
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Type of music generally:
Most recent release, An Unwavering Band of Light (2012)
Erin McKeown, touches of Thea Gilmore and Liz Phair
New Jersey-ite Jenny Owen Youngs is an avowed fan of Erin McKeown and is basically like a version of Erin if she grew up listening to Liz Phair. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Comments about live performance:
Jenny Owen Youngs was fantastic. This woman is one of those own-the-stage people. She had good stories, talked while tuning (United Airlines broke her "good" guitar). She's funny, sassy, snarky and yes, has the songs to back it up. I saw her last year and had a few reservations about her musically, but no more. (3/24/07, email@example.com)
Recommended first album:
2007—Nettwerk—0 6700 30648 2 8
Jenny Owen Youngs—acoustic guitar, bass, banjo, voice
Adam Christgau—drums, shaker, kick, coffee cans, floor tom, tambourine, voice
Dan Romer (additional production on "Keys Out Lights On" by Ronen Codor)
Funny, funky, jangly folk/pop/rock fusion, musically upbeat, though often with dark lyrics. Nettwerk's reissue of Jenny Owen Youngs' 2005 debut is a winner. (The albums are the same except the 2007 version adds "Drinking Song" and omits the "Fuck Was I" child-friendly radio edit.) I can't describe it much better than the All-Music Guide which says she "sounds like an entirely successful fusion of Liz Phair's perceptive and brashly funny lyrics and the orchestrated folk-pop of Regina Spektor and Erin McKeown, with just a hint of Nellie McKay's jazzy cabaret leanings and Cat Power's throaty, confessional angst." (JoAnn Whetsell)
2009—Nettwerk—0 6700 30840 2 4
Jenny Owen Youngs—ukulele, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, voice
Dan Romer—electric guitar, Nashville guitar, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, keys, glockenspiel, marimba, programming, percussion, ukulele, accordion, organ, banjo, voice
Batten the Hatches romped all over the folk spectrum, from light to poppy to aggressive and everywhere in between. Transmitter Failure is more intense and reminds me a lot more of Thea Gilmore. Excellent release. (JoAnn Whetsell)
Another energetic and enjoyable album. If you liked her previous two, you will enjoy this as well. (JoAnn Whetsell)
Thanks to JoAnn Whetsell for work on this entry.
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