Title: Finally Woken
While the name Jem may not be familiar
to many, she is certainly no newcomer to the music scene.
In fact, she used to be part owner of the Marine Parade
Record Company. Her first album, "Finally Woken",
is mesmerizing and beautiful, richer than any "best
of" collection. Even Madonna had to get her hands
on a copy. The first song, "They", has a catchy
intro that is followed by a strong electronica beat,
creating a mysterious atmosphere. "Come On Closer"
features neurotic violins combined with Jem's amazing
voice to bring about a certain lightness. This song
was also featured in the film "Closer". "Ride
A Cock Horse" pays tribute to children's lullabies,
refreshing and easy to listen to. She then makes an
abrupt turn and launches into rock 'n roll, using a
violin to add to the drama. "Missing You"
is filled with melancholy, a soulful slow song. "Wish
I" bounces back with an upbeat but retro musical
arrangement, erasing all the melancholy sensations from
previous songs and making you want to dance. "Stay
Now" has the typical coolness of trip hop but does
not lose its warm musical tones.
--By Purple Strong Yang, translated
by Cara Steenstra