Somewhere, a Disney musical is missing its star. I mean this as a compliment; Jasy Andrews is possessed with a sweet, lovely voice, the sort that makes one want to hand out lollipops and bring little birds out to sing along.
The Nashville-based singer/songwriter boasts an impressive debut, a double CD that demonstrates her prowess with the piano and the power of her ultra-feminine voice. With eighteen songs, three of which are covers, she waxes philosophically on relationships and identity, creating what she refers to as a soundtrack for life:
Little Girl is the product of the last 10 years of my life writing songs. I see music in colors when I write, so each song on this album represents a different shade of the female emotional experience, be it pain or happiness, in love and in life. The album is in many ways a soundtrack to the world I see around me.
Andrews served for a time as lead singer of the band Inner Jonez, but found she preferred to work solo, experimenting with her own songs and arrangements.
While her lyrics are somewhat lacking in depth, this is solid, relaxing music, perfect for sitting on the porch on an autumn day or for providing a soothing backdrop during a bath. The title track is a standout, as is “I Needed Time,” which seems to be an anthem to the singer’s own small-town beginnings, but the best track on the album is “Slide Show,” the leadoff on the second disc. “Slide Show” is the kind of song that you hear once and it haunts you for days, drifting through your dreams until you catch yourself humming it while driving to work. If Andrews can keep her future work at that level, she’ll have a bright future.
The three covers are interesting. “Private Dancer” is solid next to Tina Turner’s original recording, though different in tone, but the best of the three is the cover of the Guns n’ Roses song “Patience.” It’s a song familiar to many, and hearing this throaty rendition gives it a whole new feel.
The major drawback of this album is that the songs suffer from sameness, a similarity that makes me wonder if a double album was indeed necessary. A few tracks could have been cut and the result would have been just as satisfying. The covers, however, serve to break up the monotony, and overall, the album is a solid effort.