Jennifer Trynin is a rock goddess.
Well, no she isn't. She's just a brilliant songwriter who manages to channel her neuroses into awesome rockin' tunez with little to no loss of signal. Her two solo CDs deliver a psychological one-two punch of raw frustration and kickass guitar work. Man, is she good at what she does!
This review shouldn't really be about her, but I can't help myself. In a more perfect world, Jen Trynin would hold the position in the pop pantheon currently occupied by Avril Lavigne. Yeah, Lavigne's got some good chops, but Trynin blows her ass away like dust in the wind, dude.
So, anyway, this review is actually about a new band called Loveless and a CD called Gift To The World. Trynin plays rhythm guitar and provides backup vocals, and that seems like a waste and a half. But Jenny got fed up with the spotlight, and that's not hard to understand. She put her heart on her sleeve for the universe to hear on two major-label projects and the universe responded with a mighty shrug. That shit's harsh.
The main voice behind Loveless is a dude named Dave Wanamaker who used to be number 2 man in a band called Expanding Man. I don't know anything about him or his old band, but I get the feeling I probably would if I was following the local scene in Boston. (It's hard to do that from Gulfport, MS.) It sure looks to me like his situation is the flip side of Trynin's. He's been backing up lead-singer-dude for x number of years and he's got a satchelfull of songs and he wants a chance to shine. Fair enough. Lucky bastard managed to team up with Jen Trynin.
So that's the background. Pretty neat human interest story, huh? Two seasoned Boston rockers trade relative positions and go out and rock the house. It's got my attention.
How's the CD? Ummmm... not half bad.
See, if I was just random fella and I heard Gift to the World, I'd probably be very impressed indeed. It's got wicked wall-of-sound guitar work, tight harmonies, catchy songs and a pretty wide range of styles. The opening track "Go" is hook-laden and rocks out, and there are several other potential singles on here ... "Stick To The Girl" and "You Wore Me Out" and "Beautiful" ... hell, everything on here is pretty catchy.