Was first introduced to Jade Bird last year as any opening artist for Brandi Carlisle. She played a very strong set as a solo artist. Disapointingly there were no CDs at the "merch table": c'est la vie! After the concert I researched her name online and further disappointed to find only downloads available and no CDs. I have downloaded most (if not all) of her single and EP material from iTunes. including some "acoustic" versions that are representative of her live set. There are also plenty of online videos available to preview her talents....part of the new economy I guess.? Finally she has released this debut full length CD which is predominated her work with a band (drums, bass, guitars and keys). After the first listen it is good. Several of her better known songs such as "Lottery" and "Uh-Huh" are on here. I fully recommend this CD.
Jade Bird (Wikipedia says that's not a stage name) is the latest in a long line of British musicians reflecting Americana back at America. She can swoop and stretch words like Johnny Cash, with the dynamic, off-balance phrasing of Joni Mitchell (Canada is still in North America, bear with me), and the see-saw "I was going to sing quietly and then changed my mind" from Springsteen. But with a bit of an accent. Her lyrics on this record is all Blues of various densities. Massive Brownie Points for rhyming Einstein and Bedtime :)
Jade Bird might be the strongest singer on the market right now besides Adele, but Adele doesn't do a lot of Rock and Roll stuff. She's done her homework, and she's certainly capable of singing any style she wants.This first LP is somewhere between rock and pop and folk and country and ballads, and I suspect she'll do that for another record or two; she's just a wee 21 yet, don't forget.
But when she expands her writing/recording pallette, it's going to be at least as good.