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Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Jennifer O'Connor
Another Side of Jennifer O'Connor
Matador

Rating: 5/10 ?


December 6, 2006
Jennifer O'Conner's recent four song EP - released to celebrate/capitalize on O'Conner's performance of "To Ramona" with Ramblin' Jack Elliot at the recent Dylan tribute concert in New York City - is pulled along with a few O'Conner originals in a way that reminds me of how the movie industry used to sell blockbusters in a package with crappy films to get rid of the cinematic failures.

For O' Conner to begin with Dylan's 1964 release from the Another side of Bob Dylan album was a bold move, as it is almost lyrically impossible to seduce an audience after giving them a love song that could most likely be made into a two-hour film noir love story. After O'Conner attempts to channel Dylan's lyrics, while wheezing something about no use in tryin' and you can't explain it in lines, one can't help but involuntarily nod and mouth the words "That's the first step to recovery."

Sounding more like breathing than singing in her orchid to Dylan, O'Conner ends with a perfect pitch to hum us into a coma during her Shery Crow-ish tribute "Take Me On a Ride Around the Sun," in which that someone should have left her on the other side of the spicy sphere.

While beginning and ending with a monotonous voice, O'Conner strays back to a familiar light, reminiscent of her recent Over the Mountain, Across the Valley and Back to the Stars album that sports her lack-luster mug on the front cover. The core of the EP's tracks, "I Never Loved You" and "Waste My Time," should have insulated the other two from the world with their sincerity, but the bookend tracks do too much to taint the ears. All and all Another Side of Jennifer O'Connor is an insipidous effort; every time I pull the headphones fro my ears I feel like I've just walked out of an elevator.

Reviewed by Josh Mabray
A freelance writer and journalist from McAlester, Oklahoma, Josh Mabray is a contributing writer covering music and film for LAS.

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