- Audio CD (Sept. 11 1989)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Warner Bros / Wea
- ASIN: B000008E7D
- Other Editions: Audio Cassette | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
|1. Hey Mr. Jones|
|3. Ds 21|
|4. World Lullabye|
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.