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Jane Child Audio CD
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1.0 out of 5 stars SUX! Oct. 4 2009
Format:Audio CD
Don't waste your money buying this album. Poor vocals lost in cheezy rock, not worth the $1 I forked over at a thrift store for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HEAR HER NEW MUSIC AT WWW.JANECHILD.COM April 5 2004
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this album is really good though. her voice is incredible she can sing anything. she is also going to be on the wayne brady show in april 2004.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  25 reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Virtuosic musicianship from a musical genius. Feb. 18 2005
By D. Mok - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
With her mohawk-with-braids hair, nose chain and East Village fashion sense, Canadian singer Jane Child was an anomaly on the music scene right from the start. And she made an explosive entrance back in 1990 when "Don't Wanna Fall in Love", with its New Wave-psychedelic-documentary video (which looked like the cult film Liquid Sky), burst onto the charts and the airwaves, confident and swaggering, without a hint of self-consciousness.

And Child had the chops to support it. A classically trained musician who especially excelled at keyboard and rhythm arrangements, Child produced a debut record that was virtuosic, quirky, and immensely funky, one of the best examples of perfect rock-dance fusion. This is music you can either groove or headbang to. With Child producing, writing and performing all the material (the only other credited musician is a guitar player), the obvious comparisons would be Prince, Teena Marie and Wendy & Lisa. Child's songwriting was ambitious, and to cap it all off, she was quite a good singer -- not expansive in range, but confident, almost cocky, and very catchy, perfectly suited to her aggressive synth-dance compositions and hard-edged productions. Her vocal harmonies are very impressive, gospel-tinged like Prince's best vocal arrangements.

"Don't Wanna Fall in Love" still sounds like a perfect radio dance single, with its complex chordal progressions, huge booming '80s beat, and the only keyboard solo I've ever heard that can rival the emotional intensity of the best guitar solos. "Biology" is a dark, brooding dance jam with a dangerous sneer and unexpected turns for the melodic, "DS 21" is a mighty electronic anthem, and "World Lullabye"'s cavernous sound and heavy mood reminds me of Wendy & Lisa's wrenching "Don't Try to Tell Me". I ducked one star because the synth drum sounds do sound a little dated, and the grandiose lyrics can be a little inaccessible, such as on "You're My Religion Now" and "Welcome to the Real World".

Unfortunately, Child's commercial potential was probably stonewalled by, of all people, Tommy Page, whose 1990 pap ballad "I'll Be Your Everything" kept "Don't Wanna Fall in Love" from the #1 position on Billboard. Who knows what might've happened if it had hit #1 and raised the profile of the album that spawned it? But perhaps it was for the best -- Child continues to make music her own way, steering clear of the mainstream. And who knows? This is a musician who has the potential to become a producing extravaganza like The Matrix, or a maverick recording artist who makes her own rules, like Prince. Either way, we're lucky to have her around, and this album is one of the hidden gems of the late '80s.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Debut Album Visit janechild.com Aug. 3 2003
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Jane Child is a highly skilled craftswoman in both songwriting & production. There are not many artists that can produce such gems, especially for a debut CD. The highly danceable tracks all contain intelligent lyrics which is an important thing. Jane is also a strong vocalist & it show throughout the CD. The last time such an intriging like this debuted was in 1977 when Grace Jones debuted. "Don't Wanna Fall In Love" was a huge hit, while "Welcome to the Real World" was a minor hit. An essential album for fans of Club/Dance and Dance-Pop. Similar Artists: Grace Jones, Prince, Millie Jackson, Taylor Dayne, Latoya Jackson, Martika, Nia Peebles, Nayobe.
Track Listings
1. Welcome to the Real World (second single)
2. I Got News for You
3. Don't Let It Get to You
4. Don't Wanna Fan In Love (first single)
5. Your My Religion Now
6. Hey Mr. Jones
7. Biology
8. DS 21
9. World Lulabye
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Child' Development Dec 3 2000
By Eso - Published on Amazon.com
Jane Child's eponomous entry into the "pop" market eschews any application of genre-categorization as it did circa its 1990 release. Incidentally, Jane's songs fall under the domain "Radical Dichotomy", a reference to her proclivity to merge seemingly oppsed musical styles on each song on this album. An exceptionally talented musician who would come into her own even more apparently on her even more radical second release "Here Not There"-which itself was a "Monument" or ground-breaking foundation that secretly fortold the arrivals of Gwen Stefani("Shhhh" points to "Don't Speak"), Alanis Morrissette, and Britney Spears(Even "Calling" from "Here Not There" sounds more like modern-day Britney some 6 years before her arrival),Jane Child,through no fault of her own, would eventually confound the masses and elude programmers.
The image Child put forth initially was itself a study in anomalous marketing, a seemingy apt analogy that applies to her music as well: in the video for the ditty that sounds more -or Amy Grant than Joan Jett or 4 Non Blondes entitled "Don't Wanna Fall In Love", the track that saturated the mainstream pop airwaves in early '90, Child sported corn-braids down to her ankles and a nose chain that spanned the distance from the aforementioned sense organ to her ear-man, it must have hurt to sneeze-all the while "roughing" it in a back-alley turned makeshift ghetto.
From a marketing point-of-view-especially in an the more latter age where Britney Spears would be a likely candidate to deliver such a song-if only she were a fraction of the musician Child is- this would seem a form of market mayhem. The kids are already confused enough-right?Well,straighten them out so that they may appreciate this lady!
In any case, as amazingly avant-garde as Jane is and always will be, she does not merely buck convention, she attempts to abandon it altogether: her debut CD features material that was as at times as dark-a knife feels good??- and socially aware as it was as "poppy" and disposable as some would contend its breakthrough first single would lead people to mistakenly conclude. "Don't Let It Get To You" and "Welcome to The Real World"-a track that just fell short of the US top 40 at #49 following "Don't Wanna Fall In Love" that radio was not equipped to deal with in view of its seriousness. It featured synthesized chords strings amidst an ornate classically-inflected bridge with yet a hauntingly approriate nursery-rhyme scheme.The latter former discussed gender-bending, while the former a generally dismal world order, respectively. Even "Don't Wanna Fall in Love" was craftily hinged in its introduction-and I still swear it to this day-by elements of "Here Comes the Bride" even amidst its opposingly earnest denial. The sassier Jane emerged on "I Got News For You", while the power-ballad "You're My Religion Now" deftly employed the notion of the struggle for personal universal religious salvation as an apt metaphor for convention-bending romance.
Maybe it was the presentation and interplay at radio of "Don't Wanna Fall in Love" and its "darker and "edgier" follow-up "Welcome to the Real World" that thoroughly stumped programmers and listeners. On some level, the need to pigeonhole an artist has handicapped many an artist's career, and when her follow-up CD rolled around in '93 the fragmentation at radio had started in earnest;radio had already begun its fractious reformatting and the individual compositions on Jane's new set may have been easier to categorize stylistically-i.e one's rock, one's progressive funk/dance, but such a genius as Jane herself was not about to tailor her records to one style to suit programmers who have a paralyzing need to compartmentalize her.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Here's an overlooked forerunner of styles now popular Feb. 26 2001
By Paul Hamilton - Published on Amazon.com
Jane Child as singer/songwriter was way ahead of her time. The anger in her writing is not too far removed from that now popular under the names of Alanis Morissette and Tracy Bonham. Yes the synth may be wearisome to some, but remember it was in 1989 when her first album was released, and the techno-pop influence is inescapably there. Think Squeeze/Erasure, etc. Emotional/angry/thought-provoking lyricist, smooth voice with an edge, nonetheless, she's well worth a listen you won't regret.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jane Child March 4 2003
By "gibraud" - Published on Amazon.com
She was one of the many dance singers of the late 80s and early 90s, "Dont Want To fall In Love" was a great dance song and the audience liked it too going gold. Unfortunatly she never had a major hit afterwards. Jane Child where are you now?
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