101 Reasons to Love 101

101. It’s a delicately, beautiful album.
100. Keren Ann has…
99. = |

No way am I continuing that! But Keren Ann has indeed delivered a lovely LP that deserves all the praise it has received. For her sixth album the songstress melds jazz and folk to produce a gracefully lavish release. Read my Blurt review below:

101, Keren Ann’s sixth studio album, is a calm, jazzy and hauntingly beautiful foray into the lovelorn recesses of her mind; and the quiet, well orchestrated music perfectly complements Keren Ann’s gentle vocals. What’s equally impressive: Keren Ann’s lyrics. The title track is a spoken-word affair as she counts down from 101 random references such as “52 white keys” to “1 God.”

From the juxtaposed, cheeky, Bonnie and Clyde-esque song “Blood On My Hands” – chronicling her misadventures with a man toting “a Winchester pre-64” – to the contemplative, melancholic track “Strange Weather,” where she declares “I will love again,” Keren Ann covers the many facets of the subject.

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Lead track “My Name Is Trouble,” the most upbeat song on the album, is immediately ear-catching; nevertheless, even the decidedly slow paced numbers begin to permeate your subconscious. 101’s subdued, ethereal atmosphere makes it an album to enjoy one quiet, pensive afternoon.

DOWNLOAD: “My Name Is Trouble,” “Run With You”

Be sure to visit Keren Ann’s site to discover more about this talented singer/songwriter.

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