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Every once in a while, one comes across an album in which the artwork and the musical content are like night and day; The Adventures of Jodelle is that type of album. Judging from the cute, playful art work - Jodelle is depicted in a '60s-like espionage/spy thriller getup that recalls the era of James Bond movies, Get Smart, and The Avengers - one would expect the New Jersey-based singer/songwriter to provide something fun and frivolous. Perhaps some dance-pop or Europop; perhaps something on the goofier side of punk. But it turns out that The Adventures of Jodelle (her first full-length album) is a very serious-minded, introspective, and often melancholy adult alternative effort that draws on influences ranging from Kate Bush, Tori Amos, and Sarah McLachlan to late-period Beatles. Jodelle, however, isn't as abstract as Amos (although she also plays the piano quite well), and she tends to be more robust than the subtle McLachlan (both in terms of her soaring vocals and her melodies). While comparisons to those singer/songwriters are all well and good, Jodelle is clearly her own person - and she brings an impressive sense of pop/rock craftsmanship to highly personal, brooding items like Happy Song (which definitely isn't a happy song), All Save One, Shrinking Violet, and Damage Done. So why would someone who gives Fiona Apple a serious run for her money when it comes to providing an abundance of dark, troubled lyrics have such a fun and lighthearted album cover? Perhaps Jodelle simply felt like being ironic, or perhaps Jodelle - after dealing with all those darker emotions - needed to demonstrate that she does know how to laugh and smile. Whatever the case, her material is generally excellent - and she shows considerable promise on The Adventures of Jodelle. --Alex Henderson (allmusic.com)

Jodelle's Adventures is piano-women pop/rock done right. She's probably heard plenty of comparisons to Tori Amos and Sarah McLachlan thanks to her fluid piano melodies and expressive vocals, but Jodelle brings her own character to these tracks. Stick Figure is dark and undulating, while Once In a Blue Moon is the sort of touching, uplifting pop that guilty pleasures are made of. Some tracks even bring to mind the grandeur and epic spirit of Evanescence, minus the distorted guitar. Instrumentation is sparse, and well-crafted string lines meld with Jodelle's classically-influenced chops to make for the bittersweet textures this disc thrives on. --Michael Gallant (Keyboard Magazine - June 2006)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 19, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: October 19, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Espionne Records
  • ASIN: B00069PEGK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #756,454 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I believe Jodelle to have a really great future in music.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joe Mas on October 31, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is a superior album with all the inner workings of lyrical genius. Divine blends of darkness and light, sewing the music together like a delicate homegrown quilt. It has been a long time since albums included the sensitivity of songs like "Particle" & "Parachute", and yet the utter fire of "Rabbit Cage" all on one cd. It truly is an "adventure" from heaven to hell remaining in your head hours and even days after your first visit.
"The moon is a coward to hide from the sun..." she sings in "Damage Done" exploring the range of humanistic loss and desire through what can not be found. "She's a magazine bombshell." in "Stick Figure" detailing the misconception of what women define as the ideal female. Never has an album release resonated such texture or substance, since the names Joni Mitchell or Laura Nyro have been uttered. Recent releases from artists such, as Jonatha Brooke and Sarah McLachlan have not only been flat and cliché, but down right "sleepy". These artists should take a lesson from this yet-un-discovered star: that a blend of reinvention and unique sensibilities produce an enormously emotional piece of art.
"The Adventures of Jodelle" is the album that artists should use as the template to their upcoming release. Erasing the normal and ordinary, and walking the path with the likes of Tori Amos, Ani DiFranco, Fiona Apple, and Bjork towards obscure and thought-provoking. Produced beautifully, and designed with a flawless layout of photos depicting Jodelle as the famous French comic book heroine of yester-year making the entire project a true work of art. If you don't become completely addicted to this cd, like I have, consider yourself left behind from the adventure!

PS: If you cannot hear the album clips here, simply go to [...] to sample the mp3s.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Manny Hernandez HALL OF FAME on February 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I don't think even Tori Amos has been so able to bridge the musical gap that was left behind after Kate Bush passed her musical peak back in the early nineties. In a way, Tori and Paula Cole had been as close as it gets to the quality of work that Kate delivered. Enter Jodelle in 2004.

After an EP released back in 2002, New Jersey-based Jodelle broke her silence with this "Adventures" album in November 2004. Almost every song in the album reminds me of Kate Bush, except for "Rabbit Cage" where she comes accross more like Evanescence with Amy Lee-like singing and guitar riffs that do not seem part of the same album.

My favorites, hands down: "All Save One" and "Parachute". Overall, this is one solid album that I am happy to recommend.

Full disclaimer: Review was written after listening to a copy of the album I received from the artist. But don't trust me, if you doubt my words. Go to her web site ([...]) and try out the sample tracks she offers. I think you will agree.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Long Time Fan on June 23, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Attention music/program directors! Looking for something new and different - check out Jodelle! These songs should be on the radio!

I can't say this about most of the CD's I've bought recently by "established" artists, but I CAN say this about "The Adventures of Jodelle": Every song on the album is a WINNER.
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