Jamie Leonhart: The Truth About Suffering - Music Review|
By Liz Singer, HOT INDIE NEWS .com
Date Published: December 15, 2008
Jamie Leonhart's "The Truth About Suffering" combines many elements of some of the best contemporary female artists. With a voice like Norah Jones' and lyrics that contain a little Fiona Apple and Amy Winehouse (while still maintaining Norah's overall sweetness), Leonhart gives listeners a firsthand look into her deepest thoughts. Contemplating concerns about relationships and worries about life, we hear it all on this incredibly honest album—which couldn't be more different than many contemporary pop songs' often-empty lyrics.
"Take Your Time" has some of the most original lyrics, telling a tale many can relate to:
"It's true that we were never meant to be / but somehow through fate or conspiracy, we too have been willing. / But it hasn't been fun, so I tell you I'm done with the song." Switching to rambling concerns about time flying by all too fast, on "Forward Motion"
Leonhart confides in listeners about concerns of her own inadequacies—which build up faster than she can keep track of, much less take care of: "I struggle to forget that I'm / just one in a million with too little time / that's eaten up daily by worrying about failure."
"Hush" contains a beautiful bell intro that instantly calms down listeners who've recently dealt with feeling rejection, creating a very adult-specific lullaby. "Who Says Words," with its throbbing bass intro, is similar to an Amy Winehouse ballad, as Leonhart sings about drunkenness and pitfalls caused by addictions.
"Satisfy Your Soul" really lets listeners delve deeper into Leonhart's complicated, difficult thoughts, revealing the mental issues that she struggles with every day: "Now that I've shed my second skin / I find it hard to begin the day / and I struggle to make sense of the simple things." The song also contains some of the best wailing vocals, showing off the full range of Leonhart's voice. Another great song, "Simple Day" reminded me of Alanis Morissette's song, "Unvited": with an intro by a single, solid voice and minimal background melody, listeners are forced to pause and really listen to the powerful message being broadcasted through their speakers.