With Blasphemy So Heartfelt

September 16, 2008 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 16, 2008
  • Label: Thirty Tigers
  • Copyright: (P) 2008 Polymer Sounds
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  • Total Length: 37:14
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  • ASIN: B001FC2NO8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,001 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By tankgrrl29 on September 17, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I stumbled upon this artist accidentally on youtube. My first thought upon hearing that lazy drawl was "what the heck is this??!!" - and not in a good way. But something made me keep listening, and I'm so glad I did. Once I got over my initial surprise, I was hooked.

There's a feel that permeates Jessica's music, as if you are listening to someone who doesn't know they're being overheard. As if you'd walked past a room in a movie or a book, where Becky from What's Eating Gilbert Grape or Earlene from The Beans of Egypt, Maine, were going about their busy day and singing to themselves. There's a kind of Applachian quality to it, but one that is seasoned with a pinch of indy, and maybe a dash of punk.

She's young, and her subject matter shows it. But she's not someone who whines or creates drama about her life. She *observes* it, and then paints a picture for us to share in the experience. She creates a mood and I love that she stays with it, like any good book you wish could go on a little longer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Nobles on December 21, 2008
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This CD is dark and mesmerizing--in a wonderful way. The songs combine a young person's angst and simplicity-innocence with an ancient timeless soulfulness and depth. Of course, it's Mayfield's unique voice and rendering that captures this complexity and transforms the songs into something moving, intimate, private, rivoting and real. Spellbinding. (by author or Through One Tear: Poems)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By king_leo on July 31, 2009
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Saw Jessica Lea Mayfield open for Ray Lamontagne a few months ago. It was the first time we'd heard of her and we were awesomely impressed. Next day, we ordered her CD from Amazon. Not disappointed at all, even though she played the songs in her opening act. These songs are simply-produced (by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys) and reach me on various levels. The lyrics are phenomonal. I've already played the entire CD in my car several times.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. M. Van Court VINE VOICE on September 17, 2008
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If you have never heard Jessica Lea Mayfield, you are lucky. There is something wonderful to look forward to in this world. If you've heard her first album, you're luckier, you've had a taste of her music, and you'll appreciate what it really means that this CD has twice as many tracks, and they are better than her first album.

Full disclosure: I went to some effort to get to the CD release party for this one. An interesting trip, but it certainly colorred my opinion of this CD.

Ms. Mayfield's second album shows that the promise of her first album (White Lies) was well justified. Her new tracks range from the poignant to explosions of passion. Normally, I don't have any patience with existential angst, but Jessica brings an innocence to her lyrics that makes it bittersweet rather than whiny.

This, of course, begs a question; what genre is her music? Alternative is, I suppose, accurate enough, but fails to capture the qualities of her music that are most moving. Most of her music has some blues, and some folk quality, but live, some is straight up rock. At the show, a little bit of punk influence also came through, but only enough to add character without overwhelming the charm of her music.

All of her lyrics are her own work, except for one she co-wrote with the band's upright bass player (her brother) Dave. Dave's distinctive style is a great contribution to the tracks he's on.

This CD really leaves me with mixed feelings. As much as I love it, I really don't want to have to wait for her next CD. But hearing the improvement, the richness and depth of this one reminds me that her talent can't be rushed, and patience will be rewarded.

Listen to the samples, you won't need me to tell you any more.

Jessica, perservere. I see so much in your gifts, that for you to turn aside from music would be heartbreaking.

Van
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. E. Benda on October 11, 2012
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This CD was good, but all of the songs kind of start to sound the same after a while. I like listening to it on rainy days, but if you're not depressed before you hit play, you will be shortly after.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By applerochez on June 28, 2010
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When I first heard "Kiss Me Again," I couldn't get the simple hook of the chorus out of my head. I'm a big fan of what many would call monotonous neo-folk, and Jessica's music could certainly fall in that camp.

I peg her as a cross between Beth Orton and Neko Case (who is basically Pasty Cline incarnate). While Beth's lyrics are infinitely better and Neko's voice stronger with a personality that's palpable even in recordings, Jessica pales in comparison to these two artists. Aside from "Kiss Me Again" the only other stand-out track is "Bible Days." However, as she comes into her own over the years, I expect great things.

Mayfield is doing a lot of things right already, even if getting through this album in its entirety--this is coming from someone who can listen to Iron and Wine for six hours straight--is a challenge. I look forward to her next record!
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Nolta on October 2, 2010
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Stephen King once compared the art of writing to pouring new wine from old bottles, and to a certain extent, that description applies to music, too. Everything new--a song, a story, a sculpture or painting--can be compared to something old, but the trick is to combine elements in different ways so that it hits the audience in a different way. Some new artists get this right off the bat, and some don't. After listening to With Blasphemy So Heartfelt from Ohio chanteuse Jessica Lea Mayfield, I'd have to lump Ms. Mayfield in the second category.

The problem here isn't in Mayfield's musical ability or the production values, both of which are professional and assured. No, the issue here is that 15 seconds into the first track, "Kiss Me Again," I started thinking Beth Orton was going to call and demand her voice back. Granted, they probably don't sound exactly alike, but it's pretty damn close. It's not just the husky, plaintively whiny vocals, but the style and delivery of each and every song on this disc; there are officially 12 tracks, but really, there's just one, repeated over and over. That's not hyperbole, either; I listened to this disc three times, and I didn't find enough lyrical, dynamic or thematic variety to fill your average pop song, much less an album's worth of material.

Of course, if you like the slow, acoustic Orton mode of music, then this will be a good investment for you. As mentioned previously, Mayfield is not without talent or skill, so her 1x12 song is not necessarily bad. If, however, you're easily bored or simply crave variety in your music, find another set to spend your cash or iTunes credit on and wait for Ms. Mayfield to develop different material.
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