All right I'm going to start this week's review with a little beef about some CDS and suggestion to artists.
Jean Boots (aka Jeanette Stewart) has a CD with a really nice CD cover, a painted piece of a girl and a dog. The trouble is there is nothing on the cover which suggests the CD title, or artist.
If you are hugely famous that can work because you have a media engine and promotions crew to let the world know who you are.
But put this CD into a store, and a casual music shopper can't pick it up, read the name and go 'oh yes Bill was talking about this artist the other day'. When you're trying to carve out a niche, don't create barriers to finding your music.
Now back to Jean Boots' CD. Once you open the package you will find a six-song effort by this Saskatchewan singer/songwriter, who performed live in Yorkton recently at 5th Avenue Cup & Saucer.
The lady can write a nice song. She certainly has a modern poet's heart.
The lyrics on this pop-folkish CD are quite good. A listener wants to take the time to really get into the words of the songs here.
Vocally, Jean Boots seems to be finding her way on that side of the CD equation. There is a tentativeness here which at times seems to hold the music back. At times she lets it go, and the songs soar, but at other times she seems to pull back, and hides her voice away. It's as if there is still some fear in just trusting her own voice.
Wishing Well is best vocally here, although I like the lyrics to Postcard and Hopeless.
On a follow-up CD Jean Boots just needs to let it all out. It will help the finished product.
Still this is a simply produced, sweet musical endeavour which is worth a listen.
Check her out at www.myspace.com/jeansboots
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Jan 19, 2011 - Yorkton, SK. Canada