- See Jem's list of Soundtracks You Should Hear
|2. Come On Closer|
|3. Finally Woken|
|4. Save Me|
|6. Missing You|
|7. Wish I|
|8. Just A Ride|
|9. Falling For You|
|10. Stay Now|
|11. Flying High|
So yeah this is a cool cd. Very pretty and sometimes kinda poppy. Not really pop crap, just poppy. I believe this is on Madonna's label, no? If so I'm not sure why. This doesn't seem like what would see a billion records, thus why sign her....at least I'm saying that's what the Maverick people would think.
I like Jem's voice much better than Sarah McLaughlin, and it's WAY better than Dido, but she's sort of in the category they are in though.
The album starts off strong with the tinkly, hip-hop-flavored "They," the ethereal "Come On Closer," and the sunny title track. But after the hard-edged "24," things start to slip down a bit with the forgettable pop "Missing You," childish "Ride," and pretty but unexciting "Falling For You." Then Jem takes a steep turn back up with the gentle "Stay Now," and the soaring, sweet acoustic pop "Flying High."
"Finally Woken" has the distinction of being really hard to classify. There's some pop, trip-hop, hip-hop, folk and some little tinges of rock here and there. Its biggest problem is that the middle sags, as if Jem loses her enthusiasm after the first five songs or so, only to rediscover it at the end.
Jem's voice is what makes this album -- her voice is throaty, soft and gentle, and it serves as the centerpiece of the music. She doesn't strike a discordant note or lose her vocal confidence. What is more, her voice is capable of covering up the lyrical deficiencies of some of her songs, like the poppy "Wish I" ("Baby, you're sailing away/Sugar, wish I could go too/But honey you know/I'm happy for you").
The writing itself is fairly standard pop fare, with plenty of love songs that don't have particularly good writing. They're not bad, but most of them aren't that great either.Read more ›