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(15 July 2000) Singer songwriter Jennifer Onesto's debut album
Twenty Houses (BikiniCut Publishing (USA) 7 02677-011402 5, 1996) is
comprised of ten highly accessible alternative rock tunes.
Jen hails from Arlington Heights, IL and has been featured in
Lorelei Music Magazine and at Harmony Ridge Music.
Supported by a range of musicians, the album's tracks balance
heartfelt vocals with a variety of well-played instrumental
arrangements. A particularly attractive photograph of the
artist dominates the artwork used on the
back cover of the
compact disc package. Additional photos at the artist's website
and a downloadable video illustrate the dynamics in her live
"Twenty Houses is an album that offers a true alternative: A
fully produced wall of sound. Terrific melodies and harmonies. Big
guitar-driven accompaniment. You won't find any spare, jumbled
mixes with wispy, off-key lead vocals here. On the contrary,
Jennifer has a phenominal voice, harkening back to the great
female rock artists of the 60s and 70s. She has a clear, rich,
alto voice of uncommon quality-versatile enough to be equally at
home singing a driving rock tune as well as a soulful ballad."
We were particularly impressed with the vocal production of the
album and use of original instruments including steel drums ("Love
Changes Everything"), harmonica and sitar. Jen's vocals are mixed
way up and layering, when used, is very effective in producing lovely
harmonies to support individual tracks' melodies. While most of the
album's tracks rock to a significant extent, the album also features
one slower, equally enticing and evocative track entitled "Last
Dance." With more of an edge than Lobelia's album reviewed above,
this alternative rock album moves right along and with highly
accessible rock tunes should delight the broadest of audiences.
Further reviews of Jennifer's album Twenty Houses are available
and interested readers can order the album at amazon.com
here. Our viewers can find further information about the artist, download tracks
from the album, see a music video and purchase Digital Audio Music CDs from
Onesto's debut album Twenty Houses is a tremendous introduction to this
growing vocal talent. Worth further exploration and a journey, it is
a certainly very nice listen!