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Finally Woken [Import]

JemAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 7, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Bmg Japan
  • ASIN: B0007WAEAC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,663,307 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. They
2. Come on Closer
3. Finally Woken
4. Save Me
5. 24
6. Missing You
7. Wish I
8. Just a Ride
9. Falling for You
10. Stay Now
11. Flying High
12. They [Cut Chemist Remix][*]

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Though the downbeat electronica and laconic vocals of Cardiff-born Jem Griffiths find her lumbered with a "Dido-wannabe" tag, she's actually much more adventurous than that. On the whole, Finally Woken sounds like someone finally told Beth Orton to cheer up, and at its best the album finds Jem reveling in all the studio tricks available to her. The opener, "They," loops a nonsensical children's chorus to create a mood of Danny Elfmanesque creepiness, while "Come On Closer" and "24" manage to use crunching electric guitars and strings while avoiding any comparison to Evanescence. The title track combines a loping beat with a jazzy vocal delivery that's reminiscent of Portishead, and "Save Me" is a better-than-average R&B track that's sure to be covered for years to come. Unfortunately, too much of the album's latter half sinks into a slow-paced Didoesque electronic slurry, though Jem's to be applauded for at least trying to liven things up with the cod-reggae of "Wish I." --Robert Burrow

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasantly Enjoyable Experience March 27, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is my first review, and I'm mostly doing it for Miss Gemma Griffiths, aka Jem. I want to get some word out on her behalf, because this is a solid debut album.
I read a review that said this music is "trip-pop," and while I hate stereotypical categories, I am going to have to agree. I am also going to say that Jem will not be able to avoid comparisons to Dido. These two do sound quite similar, athough I find Jem much more palatable for my electronica/alternative tastes.
Jem's voice is so smooth, even ethereal at times, that she could easily be fronting the helm of trip-hop acts like Morcheeba or Massive Attack. The music itself, including the lyrics, is very uptempo and poppy, and I could easily see her being the next big pop star if this had been produced by the Matrix or whoever crappy pop producer is hot these days. There are electronic blips throughout. The beat often has a real hip-hop vibe to it.
"Come On Closer" has a dark string sample and heavy bassline to accompany a backbeat that I've heard in a Cypress Hill song, before the grimy guitar jars in on the chorus. "They," the first single, features a somewhat eerie choral sample throughout the track, providing an interesting backdrop when the drum machine shuffles a quickening beat. "Save Me" uses a reggae-esque guitar and beat over Jem's wailing vocals and beautiful harmonies. These three songs are the ones that stuck with me after only two listens.
I urge you to give Jem a chance if you are a fan of interesting new music. This CD sounds like one that will be good for pumping this Summer.
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76 of 88 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jem A Gem July 15, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Just as Kate Bush did in early rock and Bjork remains a master of, many artists are branching out with a common rock and roll root: To break of all tradition and not be afraid of experimenting, for it is the essence of modern art.
Back in the ninties when artists such as Enya and Yanni offered calming approaches that are nowhere near classical music, they all got crammed into the now-fizzled out category New Age, for the lack of a category one was made to accomodate the 'others.' However, after the gushing of many such artists from Air to Tori Amos, music fans started to notice that this upheaval of new sounds is only the byproduct of the rebeliousness that is rock and pop.
Jem, an up-and-coming modern pop artist, has delivered an EP earlier titled It All Starts Here that showcased far less than what her complete effort, Finally Woken, does. This debut from the Welsh artist, is of no category but borrows heavily from popular genres. A tribute to folk on the lullaby "Flying High" and trip-hop on "Come On Closer." Jem also plays with urban beats with "They" and the reggae-tinted "Save Me."
The fusion of genres is so unique that one song, "24," starts out borrowing from Ani DiFranco strummings then meandering into heavy theatrical instrumentation and then, all of a sudden, right before the chorus sharp guitars bring in edgy rock. All without sounding a tad bit overboard.
Of course Jem's voice plays a big part by delivering an angelic yet quiet tone to the whole album without sounding unexcitingly bland like Dido's. Instead the meloncholy is delivered with consistancy on "Missing You" and "Falling For You," while the giddy is given a kindergarten innocence on the highlight track "Wish I.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow, this is good April 22, 2005
By sjp777
Format:Audio CD
heard the 24 song and liked it so I picked up the cd. I was exprecting a whole CD like the 24 track, it's not at all. The hard rock sound of 24 is an abberation compared to the rest of the CD.

Normally getting a cd based on hearing one song that i liked only to find out the rest of the cd sounds nothing like the song that got me to buy it would irritate the hell out of me.

In this case, I am pleasantly surprised. Kind of hard to describe the sound, but it's damn good. Very eclectic. Kind of reminds me of Portishead without the crushing darkness.

Good find
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very cool downtempo stuff June 6, 2004
By parkeb
Format:Audio CD
Well, the short and simple is that this is very cool downtempo stuff and an exceptionally good cd. It also serves as an example of what can help the recording industry. It's not prevalent downloading of music that's causing their financial problems, it's the lack of really good cds; cds that have more than just a couple good tracks and are worth the money record companies charge for them. This cd is an exception. Tracks on it are consistently well written, performed, and produced. There are catchy melody hooks, original and creative structures, and a unique sound for the album. The producers are also aware that unique sounds can get tiresome, but they are experimental enough to keep this from being a problem. One of the earlier reviews criticized the use of a loud guitar riff within one of the tracks, but I argue that it works well and helps cut the possibility of monotony. More than the production, though, the songs themselves are well written and interesting. They could work in a variety of genres, and that is the mark of a well written song. Jem also has a wonderfully seductive voice and delivery style. For what it's worth, some of my favorite tracks are They, Come on Closer, Finally Woken, 24, Wish I, Just a Ride, and Falling for You. It's been a long time since I could list that many favorites on any cd.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great music with a story line. and I can understand the words. That's always a plus.
Published 20 days ago by D. Jacobs
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love most of the songs
Published 1 month ago by tanya
4.0 out of 5 stars Jem
I loved this cd, its so relaxing and calm. Sort of reminds me of ENYA but with a pop background
Published 9 months ago by Sarah
4.0 out of 5 stars Classics Still Featured In Movies & On The Radio
Jem is one of those bands you hear out of the blue, & suddenly you remember how much you love them. With hits like '24' & 'They', they're still one of the most under-rated bands of... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Scarlet
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful voice, music, lyrics
Wonderful! I discovered Jem through a free music download from iTunes and have been steadily growing as a fan of her music. Love this album.
Published 11 months ago by Catalicious
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
It has been some time since I purchased a CD albums and this one reminds me of how music used to be assembled on albums, filled with variety and soulful beats throughout.
Published 12 months ago by FY & T
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
I love her singing and style !!! when I started listen to her music I started dancing and feeling goooood!!!
Published 14 months ago by tigeress2010
5.0 out of 5 stars Discovered this one on Pandora, too
I am fascinated on a lot of levels by the music on this album. The words to some of the songs have some really deep messages behind them, and the music itself is definitely not... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Stephanie A Brennan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
This is a great album and I am truly shocked that this jem is not a bigger hit in the US than they are. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Robert Johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Hope she keeps making great music. Love everything I have heard from her. Chill, easy to listen to and enjoy!
Published 17 months ago by J
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