Winnipeg Free Press
It's been four years since two-time Juno award winner Jenny Whiteley released Dear, but her overdue fourth release has finally arrived.
With producer and multi-instrumentalist Steve Dawson at the helm, Whiteley immediately sets the tone with a faithful cover of Boudleaux and Felice Bryant's classic Raining in My Heart followed by nine originals documenting the ups and downs of the heart. Dawson's pedal steel cries out on the old-school country of Day Without Words and his darkly menacing, yet beautiful, guitar defines Truth and the Eyes of the Dead. Ripple Effect romps effervescently with guest vocalist Tim O'Brien.
Her heartfelt words and seductive voice captivate the listener but never as much as on Slack, as an indignant Whiteley evokes Neko Case singing, "A hand in my shirt, a knife in my back... talk about pot kettle black." Add Joey Wright's tasteful archtop guitar and mandolin and Whiteley has all the ingredients for Juno No. 3