(21 May 2000) The second album from New York-based singer /
songwriter Jennifer Marks
is comprised of fourteen relatively short alternative pop tracks.
Entitled My Name's Not Red (Red Kurl Records (USA) RK 000-2,
2000) the album is the followup to the artist's debut album from
1998, Pizza. Described as having lyrics ranging from
edgy to humourous, her honesty and integrity separate her
from the rest of woman's pop music and place her in a
league of her own. Influenced by The Beatles, Joni Mitchell,
REM, Prince and Elivis Costello, she is similar in sound to
Aimee Mann, Sarah McLachlan and Fiona Apple. Further information
is available at the artist's website and an extensive range
of downloadable music is available at her
The songs on Jennifer's album are sung evocatively and the
heartfelt delivery comes through in each one. The albums'
ethereal tunes mix contemporary electronic instrumentation
with soaring vocalise and whispy lyrical segments ("Window" and
"Dreamill"). The swinging tempo of "Halo" is perfectly
complimented by the instrumental arrangement and male
Alternative pop tunes vary tempo betweeen slow and upbeat
and include heartfelt lyrical segments ("Thick," "I Can't
Love You" and the highly memorable 60s sound of "High
School Reunion"). Jazzy undertones of the title track
are complimented by Jennifer's unique vocal treatment.
The vocal raunchiness of "Turn Away" is contrasted by a
rich instrumental arrangement; soft harmony vocals are
especially notable. The quirky sound of "I'm Getting
Old" is achieved with experimental vocal harmonies and
the combination of various instrumental—circus-like—themes.
Slower numbers include folk rock tunes like "Unpredictable"
and "Fly" where Jennifer's lead vocals far outweight the
supporting instrumentals. The album's ballads ("Fragile"
and "I'll Try") drip with emotion and instrumentals support
the moods developed with the vocal delivery. The album
concludes with excellent lead and harmony vocals in the
alternative structured ballad "Standing In Lines."
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