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“Heart Shaped World”
Grade: D +
Take a 15-year-old girl with a decent
voice, throw in a grab-bag of a dozen pop
sounding country songs, add some studio
musicians, and you’ve got Jessica
Andrews’ “Heart Shaped World.”
A few things just seem to be missing -
such as sincerity, feeling, heart and, well,
any trace of genuine country music.
But that’s OK, because Andrews has
one quality that sets her apart from most
other country artists - no, not lungs that
will blow you away or really catchy songs -
Andrews has the young, innocent look that
Just look at LeAnn Rimes. As an inno
cent, young teen. Rimes’ 1996 release,
“Blue,” sold nearly seven million copies.
Oh wait, Rimes also has a voice that can
knock the pants off half the female singers
But Andrews is on her way up.
Her first single, “I Will Be There for
You,” was recorded on “The Prince of
Egypt-Nashviile” project, and Andrews
was able to sing it live, opening for Faith
Hill a number of times late last year. Her
CD, “Heart Shaped World,” is set to hit
stores in late March.
“I love all kinds of music,” Andrews
said in a press release celebrating her first
album. “I listen to everything, and I just
can’t get enough of it. I like to hear the dif
ferences among the styles.”
It’s too bad her music doesn’t reflect the
way she feels. “Heart Shaped World” is a
pretty shoddy attempt to make non-country
songs country by adding in a fiddle or a
steel guitar whenever possible. It almost
makes you queasy listening to such unnat
ural, forced “country” music.
Andrews does present a few solid bal
lads amid a mix of medium-tempo songs.
An acoustic guitar flows through
“Riverside,” as Andrews sings about
spending the night by the river with her
boyfriend. “Unbreakable Heart” boasts
lyrics that could bring someone in a heart
breaking situation to tears.
But any respect gained by listening to
her ballads is lost when you hear teen-age
anthem, “Whatever.” The phrase is repeat
ed so many times, it goes beyond annoying.
In all, Andrews and her first release,
“Heart Shaped World,” lack most of the
ingredients that spell good country musitf.
Andrews proves it takes more than a
cute face and a Tennessee address to be a
Singing sisters swing into town
for free concert at union’s Crib
The Crib in the Nebraska Union fre
quently highlights local talent for
University of Nebraska-Lincoln students.
Much less frequently has that talent been
described by Billboard magazine as “the
most promising new band we’ve heard
from this year.”
Mulberry Lane, composed of four
Omaha sisters, is as sweet as its name
implies. With a folk-indie prowess not
common among many vocal groups, the
sisters have garnered considerable atten
tion from the national scene.
This includes a recent record deal with
MCA Records and a popular single, “Don’t
Cry ’Til You Get to the Car.”
Despite the sudden national attention,
Mulberry Lane remains grounded in
Omaha and will be the featured guest of the
University Program Council tonight for a
The concert begins at 9 and promises an
intimate setting for the harmonies and
touching lyrics that brought the Omaha sis
ters to national fame.
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