3.5 stars out of 5
‘Appalachian Americana’ artist Jeanne Jolly outlines the definition of versatile in her latest work, Angel. Her uncontested voice travels throughout the genres as the album progresses from the contemporary jazz-inspired “Sweet Love” to the modern country ballad “The Hard Way” and to the soulful “Round and Round Again.” The highlights of the album are consistently punctuated by lyrically charged vocal showcases by Jolly, often backed by a choir. “Tear Soup” perhaps best demonstrates Jolly’s range, as she struts through the verses with a vengeful swagger, leaning into the chorus with a 1950s country twang and finishing it out with a note that shows off her days working in opera. Although Angel may take a listen or two to fully be appreciated, it is clear from the start that Jeanne Jolly would be able to put on quite a live performance. Check her out later this month when she plays Avo’s on August 26.