Jolliff is half joking around with her album title This is not Jazz. There are also a couple of closely related genres like blues and R&B and some genres that aren’t as closely related like electronic. This is not Jazz doesn’t fit into a Django Reinhardt version of jazz. It’s more aligned with Amy Winehouse with vocals being the most important part of the music.
She opens with one of the highlights entitled “A Melodrama In D Major.” The beginning section that is a cappella is quite gorgeous. The vocals are smooth, soft yet emotionally powerful. I also have to compliment her on the production. It sounds quite good especially for a home recording. The instrumentation during the first half of the song is just as soft as her vocals which includes a whimsical harp. As it progresses more lush instrumentation comes into the mix along with a spoken vocal sample.
Up next is “Girl Gang” which is another success. The chorus is especially catchy here and the vocals are more dynamic, Her vocals definitely have an R&B flavor here. Unfortunately, the production and audio quality takes a dip on “Voice memo 2.” This song could have very well been recorded on a phone.
I don’t think there is much jazzy about “Make me a BOI.” In fact this is more or less a rock song mixed with a bit of Lady Gaga. Overall another solid song with a good hook. On the other hand “Jazzy Liesy” is one of the jazziest songs on the album. Here her vocals are very smooth and I thought the production was top notch for the most part. Maybe a little too much distortion on her voice at one point. “Heroine” is arguably the highlight on the album. It’s unequivocally one of the best songs on the album.
I thought both of the voice memos sounded out of place on this album but that's really my only minor issue. Other than that this has a number of good and some great songs. Recommended.
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