TRACK REVIEW: Jen Dixon – Why Did We Crash? | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Teessider Jen Dixon’s new song is a wintry ballad, centring around suitably doleful piano and an exposed, vulnerable vocal performance. Dixon’s voice is melodious and resonant, perfectly pitched at all times, which is why I wish she had a better song to sing. The song is often let down by fairly clunky, unnatural-sounding rhymes, and the underlying music doesn’t do much to make up for it.

To be fair, the interplay between the piano and acoustic guitar is pleasant, providing some much-needed extra colour to the song’s pretty generic chordal structure, but by the time the wash of strings comes in near the end I don’t think many people would think they’re especially merited. A valiant attempt at emotionality.

Released: 29.01.21


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