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  Jennifer Warnes: The Well
  "The Well"

Jennifer Warnes
Track listing:
  1. The Well
2. It's Raining
3. Prairie Melancholy
4. Too Late Love Comes
5. Invitation to the Blues
6. And So it Goes
7. The Panther
8. You Don't Know Me
9. The Nightengale
10. Patriot's Dream
11. The Well (reprise)

Bonus track:
12. Loco Girl
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Reviews: 3

Review by Dan Popp January 3, 2005 (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
Jennifer Warnes has created a truly great album. The bad news is that it isn’t this one. This disc, “The Well,” falls somewhere between the now-classic “Famous Blue Raincoat” and the forgettable “The Hunter,” with characteristics of both.

“Raincoat” set the bar for what Jennifer could do with great songs and great sonics. With all-Leonard Cohen material and an aural aesthetic that some engineers use as a reference, JW made us feel and live each song.

Her interpretive skill and intellectual depth aren't lost in “The Well.” But they are “dampened” at times by inferior material and a few truly bad engineering/mixing decisions. There is a peculiar sibilance to the vocals, and on occasion the tell-tale “shrinking” artifact of over-compression. Worst of all is the presence, on track 2 in particular, of some very annoying clipping distortion. Why? What a shame.

As for the songs themselves, I love a ballad as much as the next guy – or more. And Jenny shines on simple, pretty songs that she can turn into profound gems. But with nothing on the entire disc faster than the medium-gentle opening track... sorry, Jen: it’s boring.

There are some beautiful moments here. Billy Joel’s, “And So It Goes” stands out. “Prairie Melancholy” and “Too Late Love Comes” are Warnes at her near-best, handicapped only by some rambling lyrics and a morbid pace. In contrast to another reviewer, I would rate “Invitation to the Blues” as one of the least successful songs on the album. Doesn’t The Blues require a beat?

The instruments are recorded well; and the space, depth and “smoothness” of the SACD layer are very satisfying. The CD layer, in contrast, sounds “veiled” and 2-dimensional. But you may be tempted to go to the redbook program to escape the sibilance mentioned earlier.

A good “rainy day” album. It’s disappointing only because we know Warnes is capable of more.

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Review by Croc January 1, 2004 (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
very very good disc.

i like the music.

sound quality is a first rate.

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Review by Hejira11 February 9, 2009 (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
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This is one of my top 10 favorite albums. The sonics here are as clear and spacious as any I can recall. Simply beautiful, and beautifully recorded.

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