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Jane Child

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UPC: 075992585828

1. Hey Mr. Jones
2. Biology
3. Ds 21
4. World Lullabye

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 11, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Brothers
  • ASIN: B000008E7D
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,940 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. Mok on February 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
With her mohawk-with-braids hair, nose chain and East Village fashion sense, Canadian singer Jane Child was an anomaly on the music scene right from the start. And she made an explosive entrance back in 1990 when "Don't Wanna Fall in Love", with its New Wave-psychedelic-documentary video (which looked like the cult film Liquid Sky), burst onto the charts and the airwaves, confident and swaggering, without a hint of self-consciousness.

And Child had the chops to support it. A classically trained musician who especially excelled at keyboard and rhythm arrangements, Child produced a debut record that was virtuosic, quirky, and immensely funky, one of the best examples of perfect rock-dance fusion. This is music you can either groove or headbang to. With Child producing, writing and performing all the material (the only other credited musician is a guitar player), the obvious comparisons would be Prince, Teena Marie and Wendy & Lisa. Child's songwriting was ambitious, and to cap it all off, she was quite a good singer -- not expansive in range, but confident, almost cocky, and very catchy, perfectly suited to her aggressive synth-dance compositions and hard-edged productions. Her vocal harmonies are very impressive, gospel-tinged like Prince's best vocal arrangements.

"Don't Wanna Fall in Love" still sounds like a perfect radio dance single, with its complex chordal progressions, huge booming '80s beat, and the only keyboard solo I've ever heard that can rival the emotional intensity of the best guitar solos. "Biology" is a dark, brooding dance jam with a dangerous sneer and unexpected turns for the melodic, "DS 21" is a mighty electronic anthem, and "World Lullabye"'s cavernous sound and heavy mood reminds me of Wendy & Lisa's wrenching "Don't Try to Tell Me".
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 3, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Jane Child is a highly skilled craftswoman in both songwriting & production. There are not many artists that can produce such gems, especially for a debut CD. The highly danceable tracks all contain intelligent lyrics which is an important thing. Jane is also a strong vocalist & it show throughout the CD. The last time such an intriging like this debuted was in 1977 when Grace Jones debuted. "Don't Wanna Fall In Love" was a huge hit, while "Welcome to the Real World" was a minor hit. An essential album for fans of Club/Dance and Dance-Pop. Similar Artists: Grace Jones, Prince, Millie Jackson, Taylor Dayne, Latoya Jackson, Martika, Nia Peebles, Nayobe.
Track Listings
1. Welcome to the Real World (second single)
2. I Got News for You
3. Don't Let It Get to You
4. Don't Wanna Fan In Love (first single)
5. Your My Religion Now
6. Hey Mr. Jones
7. Biology
8. DS 21
9. World Lulabye
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul Hamilton on February 26, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Jane Child as singer/songwriter was way ahead of her time. The anger in her writing is not too far removed from that now popular under the names of Alanis Morissette and Tracy Bonham. Yes the synth may be wearisome to some, but remember it was in 1989 when her first album was released, and the techno-pop influence is inescapably there. Think Squeeze/Erasure, etc. Emotional/angry/thought-provoking lyricist, smooth voice with an edge, nonetheless, she's well worth a listen you won't regret.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Eso on December 3, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Jane Child's eponomous entry into the "pop" market eschews any application of genre-categorization as it did circa its 1990 release. Incidentally, Jane's songs fall under the domain "Radical Dichotomy", a reference to her proclivity to merge seemingly oppsed musical styles on each song on this album. An exceptionally talented musician who would come into her own even more apparently on her even more radical second release "Here Not There"-which itself was a "Monument" or ground-breaking foundation that secretly fortold the arrivals of Gwen Stefani("Shhhh" points to "Don't Speak"), Alanis Morrissette, and Britney Spears(Even "Calling" from "Here Not There" sounds more like modern-day Britney some 6 years before her arrival),Jane Child,through no fault of her own, would eventually confound the masses and elude programmers.
The image Child put forth initially was itself a study in anomalous marketing, a seemingy apt analogy that applies to her music as well: in the video for the ditty that sounds more -or Amy Grant than Joan Jett or 4 Non Blondes entitled "Don't Wanna Fall In Love", the track that saturated the mainstream pop airwaves in early '90, Child sported corn-braids down to her ankles and a nose chain that spanned the distance from the aforementioned sense organ to her ear-man, it must have hurt to sneeze-all the while "roughing" it in a back-alley turned makeshift ghetto.
From a marketing point-of-view-especially in an the more latter age where Britney Spears would be a likely candidate to deliver such a song-if only she were a fraction of the musician Child is- this would seem a form of market mayhem. The kids are already confused enough-right?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas J. Young on December 12, 2002
Format: Audio CD
this is one of those cds that i can play over and over without having to skip any songs. i can't say this is her best cd, because i totally dig her second and third just as much.
the songwriting is big, and the production is rich, but the thing that gets to me is the singing. her melodies are haunting, and the harmonies are razor sharp. (this is before "AutoTune", kids...no "Antares" vocal-fixers here!)
she has the pop sensibilites of any of my favorite guitar bands, but she has a style all her own; with tons of synths all working together and grooving hard.
this is one of those rare albums where each song leads into the next one seamlessly, and before you know it, you're back at track 1 again.
get this cd if you don't have it already.
if you already have it,hunt down her second and third releases. i love them, and you will too!
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