Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009
Crash (Jenna Lynne Music)
Pop radio has been kind to teen girls for the past couple of years, and Milwaukee’s Jenna Lynne aspires to count herself among the charts’ young hit-makers. Crash reveals a fairly mature singing and songwriting talent, about as adept at relating deeper, more universal themes as the expected concern with boys of Lynne’s middle-school age range. Vocals bring to mind Taylor Swift, though a touch earthier in tone and wispier in delivery. Lynne accompanies her singing with some piano work (and a little guitar help on one cut by her dad/manager), making Crash sound more like a songwriting demo than an album to compete full-on with Vanessa Carlton or Miley Cyrus. Like Cyrus and Swift, however, Lynne may garner as much acceptance from country fans as from her pop-loving peers. But she’s going to need a larger-scale production to further evidence that potential.