Jenny Lee ‘Right On!’ – ALBUM REVIEW

This Jenny Lee article was written by Joel Graves, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Lorna Gray.

Having found notoriety and gaining critical acclaim with band Warpaint, ‘Right On!’ is the first solo venture of bass guitarist Jenny Lee Lindberg. This album incorporates elements of gothic and new wave music and influences of The Cure and, more noticeably, Joy Division (mainly the catchy bass of Peter Hook) can be heard – especially in the lead single ‘Never’ – which is easily the standout track.

The album opener ‘Blind’ is a slow meandering song that ultimately ends with a feeling of a wasted four minutes – though it seems like longer. This, regrettably, sets the tone for the majority of the album. There are more up-tempo tracks such as ‘Never’ and ‘Boom Boom’, though the album never really fully takes off. Unlike Warpaint’s albums, ‘Right On!’ fails to hold the attention of the listener and it seems to be more style than substance.

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Her famed bass groove with Warpaint is still apparent on this album, as are her dreamy, reverberated vocals. But they don’t really achieve anything more – and that’s what really lets this album down – it’s difficult to enthuse over and very unmemorable. Tracks such as the aforementioned ‘Blind’ and the jarring yet seemingly pointless ‘White Devil’ are throwaway tracks that really bring nothing more to the album than a sense of disappointment – going from heights Warpaint to poor, dreary songs such as these is quite a fall.

There are still positives to this album though. The lead single, ‘Never’, whilst the obvious choice as a lead single, is energetic and well executed. The final track ‘Real Life’ is slow, mournful and bordering on delicate. So whilst not a good listen in its entirety, there is still a little glimmer of optimism in a few of the tracks.

Unfortunately, ‘Right On!’ is more of a write off. It is easily forgettable, quite average and overall disappointing.

‘Right On!’ is out now via Rough Trade.

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