Paris By Night Dawning
By Marcus Pan
Jeanine Acquart, San Antonios Best Female
Vocalist, Best Songwriter and Sexiest Female Artist for 1994, retains her
charming vocals and sweet intensity after her relocation to New York and
creation of Paris By Night. PBN creates a light, moody atmosphere with their
release of Dawning, a ten-track CD that features Jeanines
quiet yet powerful vocals backed by the acoustic guitar sound of Rico Blythe,
Jeff Furlans bass and the drum work of Peter Garuccio. Jeanines
vocals are the forefront of this recording and most other instruments are in
support of her style a quiet and dreamy vocalization that somehow
maintains an air of power and seductivity.
Jeanine is already a renowned vocalist who performed with a
choral group that traveled throughout Europe prior to her creation of Paris By
Night. PBN keeps their music on a quieter scale; they achieve their power
through poetic and meaningful lyrics. Theres no blaring guitar riffs,
hard bass tracks or heavy drums here. Jeanine slides from chord to chord,
moving effortlessly. Dawning is a wonderfully relaxing, dark and
brooding album. The sound is almost folk-like in its delivery, imbued with
melancholy and something close to sadness. Some of the tracks such as
America (Jam) pick up the pace a bit, but for the most part
Dawning is a slowly moving, strongly enveloping release that seeks
to fade rather than jump into you.
Easy There is one of my favored tracks.
Its somewhat faster paced than the other songs here and I rather like the
way the lyrics tend to fight and contradict each other; Uproot, tear
down, build upon, Say yes / no now then it begins. The track previous to
this bears the same name as the album. Dawning is a very subdued,
acoustic song that leans heavily on a Rennaisance or folk sound. Further along
the listings is Coming (Here), a brooding track that rolls out like
a deep wave. The bass is stronger here than elsewhere and lends a kind of drone
to the piece. The eighth track, America (Jam) is the only one that
doesnt rely as heavily on the moody, acoustic sound. This track is, while
not quite blaring, reliant on a more electronic mood. Jeanines vocals in
this song mix together at various points creating a very ghostlike effect
thats quite riveting. Her voice still carries that near-silent seductive
quality while the guitars are more pronounced; almost punk-like. The
contradiction of the music versus the folk singer voice lends America
(Jam) a strong and powerful quality.
PBN has a unique sound combined of folk and dark moods.
Its R.E.M. after heartbreak, or Depeche Mode joins the S.C.A. But neither
of these two well-known pop groups have the final, uplifting ingredient
singer Jeanine Acquart. If Paris really is this dark and seductive after the
sun sets, Im booking the next Concorde.
Mail: P.O. Box 13110, Chicago, IL, 60613-3110
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