Back in the day when Jillette Johnson released Water in a Whale, we were big fans of it here at Lemonade. It was dramatic, it was fresh and the writing, subject material and vocals were all as near to perfect as you could get. Personally, it still is one of my favorite albums to go back and listen to as it was so unique.
With All I Ever See In You Is Me, Johnson seems to already be reinventing herself with a simpler, more rustic sound that focuses more on the lyrics than anything else. As I stated above, there was never a problem with the songwriting to begin with, but this album certainly has more of a songwriter feel to it than Water in a Whale did. After a few listens, influences from the 60s and 70s including The Beatles, Carole King and Fleetwood Mac pop up throughout as a nice little surprise. To my ear, Jillette Johnson also seems to be utilizing her beautiful vibrato quite a bit more this time around as well.
All I Ever See In You Is Me is certainly a different sound, but don’t thing for one moment that it isn’t marvelous in its own way. The album pulls you in right off the top with “Bunny” and holds your attention through the middle with tracks like “Flip A Coin” and “Like You Raised Me” before breaking your heart with “Thumbelina” to finish it off. A track that would remind a few listeners of “Pauvre Couer” from Water in a Whale. Sadly – as it can be – with many artists, Jillette Johnson is at her best when the pain comes pouring out. Hurt has never sounded so beautiful.
Jillette Johnson is a gem of an artist and All I Ever See In You Is Me is a proof of just how versatile she is.
Pick up the new album, All I Ever See In You Is Me by Jillette Johnson, on iTunes now!
Editor in Chief of Lemonade Magazine
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