Jen Cloher – s/t (album review)

by Woody on September 1, 2017

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Photo Credit: Tajette O’Hallaran

The best part about finding out about Jen Cloher on her fourth album is that I feel like I just got four great albums to listen to. She has a certain swagger and cool about her that is some sort of a mix between Patti Smith and Chrissy Hynde. Songs chug along meaty hooks as her throaty voice delivers the goods.

For those not in the know, Cloher is the wife of Courtney Barnett. It wouldn’t make a lick of difference if she was married to Courtney B. Vance pr Kortney Kardashain, this album stands on its own merit. But the main reason, for mentioning her relationship with Barnett is that it plays a role. As mentioned, Cloher has 3 prior albums and is Barnett’s senior by 10 years. To see her wife hit international acclaim on her first LP would shake anyone. She delves into shit with Forgot Myself and Sensory Memory. It doesn’t come across as bitter; more honest than any person would feel.

But lest you think this LP is all about her and Courtney. She hits on some heavy subjects and takes the religious right down a peg on Kinda Biblical. The following track is Great Australian Bite, a track about how Australian artists suffer from a grueling touring schedule to make any sort of an international name for themselves.

This is an absolute gem of an album. She deserves all the plaudits she gets.

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musicmand September 2, 2017 at 11:31 am

great and good album review thank you

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