Brian handed me this CD because he was sure that I would like it. Probably because the emphasis is on the vocalist and the lyrics and not the guitar shredding or the drum solos that metal and rock are usually associated with.
As usual, he was right. I love it, at this moment it is only second to Tesla’s “Into the Now” in my CD rotation… I gave up on the radio stations long ago. My antenna was stolen 5 months ago and I haven’t replaced it yet. I figured if I had to listen to the same 40 songs, it would be the 40 I chose without commercial interruption.
But I digress… Back to Jasmine -- She has the vocal style of maybe Melissa Etheridge and Bonnie Raitt with the feel of Ann Wilson. She doesn’t have the vocals of Ann, but she definitely has the heart (no pun intended!). You can feel Jasmine in her music (probably because she wrote it). Unlike so many artists that are gifted with the ability, they basically go through the motions sing the notes, but their hearts and souls are definitely living in exile from the music that they perform. So for me, if they can’t feel it, I can’t play it.
Jasmine’s “The Inside” features 11 tracks of good listening music. She gives you hard-rocking tracks with a few sensuous/soft reflective tunes mixed in. “The Inside” (the title track) is an eye-opening song, with great lyrics and a great potential to get radio air play if promoted. I’ll be sure to request it! They just have to bleep out a couple of words, no big deal. The song is tough and edgy, showing that Jasmine won’t take any F****** S*** from anyone. “Washes you away” the second track mellows out a bit, not slow but slower than the first, still rocking, it is not single material but definitely adds to the value of the CD. “Gettin’ High” is more of screeching rocking hard song. I can picture myself riding in a convertible along the coastline highway with no cops around blasting this song. The next song on the CD worth a mention is “The Enemy.” It has raw emotion and it’s a tough song - it is my second favorite on the CD (with the first being “Help Me”). “Help Me” follows a ballad called “November” that slows the tempo down. This is a very reflective and calming song, which probably adds to my enjoyment of “Help Me.”
Since there is no real break between the songs “Help Me” jolts you back into rock mode with its loud, fast, hard rocking music that is definitely my choice for a HIT! It has got the catchy lyrics, “Demons screaming my name…Hurts to hide the pain…” music that makes you want to move, even a guitar solo, what more could you want. The track “Sweet Euphoria” is a sexy ballad with some great lyrics, “Breathe you in like oxygen… I need to feel your love running through my veins… Come on make me high again… I’m waiting here craving for your love…” this song is my favorite ballad on this effort. While listening in my car I had to repeat it a few times, because it caught my interest.
Overall, I really love this CD and I hope that Jasmine
will be coming close to NJ soon so I can see her live. So, give her the support and buy her CD.