Dec 192006

She’s sure got rocking tons of both.

Sass Jordan should be the face of Canadian popular music; instead you’ve probably never heard of her. She made a little racket on the U.S. charts with “High Road Easy” in the mid-’90s, and a couple of tracks from Racine (“Make You a Believer,” “You Don’t Have to Remind Me”) got sporadic play on AOR stations as recently as five years ago. Now her records aren’t even released here, and she certainly never gets anywhere near the southern United States touring anymore. I had a chance to see her in Memphis in 1994, but I had the flu. I’d have gone sick if I’d known it was my last realistic chance.

An interesting thing about her albums is that there is little style continuity. She’s done a classic rock album. She’s done a straight pop album. She’s done adult contemporary. She’s done hard rock. The constants are her thoughtful songwriting and her otherworldly voice (very Janis Jopliny, but creamier and with more range). Her latest, Get What You Give, is poppy in places, but the main thrust of the record is blues. It’s been in the house all of three hours, so I’m just now getting into it, but it’s mighty tasty so far.

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  1. […] was my first new friend on MySpace, and I heard from her because I had Sass Jordan in my friends. She’s a 28-year-old singer/songwriter, somewhere between Sass and Alanis […]

  2. […] I blogged favorably about Get What You Give, and I still enjoy it some, but it hasn’t burned in with me long-term like her earlier stuff has.  From Dusk ‘Til Dawn, which came out late last year, feels like a continuation of that record to me.  It’s a James Taylorish place that, when I listen to it, constantly reminds me that it isn’t what she used to do. […]

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