Love relationships boil down to what we can tolerate. How much is too much? The balance between the good days and bad. That arc is captured in the songs of Jenny Whiteley’s, ‘Forgive or Forget’. The title acts as a bookend with love encased between its borders. The album showcases wax and wane love tales that are surrounded by a bright instrumentation that allows Jenny’s emotive delivery full stage. Whether real or the work of a songwriter, the words inhabit their characters lives. These songs come across as personal tellings.
The titles grant access to the story lines before any words are heard. The rise (“Ripple Effect”, “Kind Mirror”), the middle ground (“Day Without Words”, “Cold, Cold Kisses”) and the decision (“Final Season”, “There Was Love”) all receive time on ‘Forgive or Forget’. The album’s sound sticks to styles that run throughout the singer/songwriters arsenal. A place where rock and country meet, bringing in a texture that makes the sound its own brand. Organs bubble, guitars slide and Jenny's vocals bend and break, whisper with apprehension and bring a joyous noise as necessary. Our free download, “Ripple Effect” channels the albums sound nicely. It lands on the upside of the love swing. Jenny’s woo-hoo’s support the hooks claim that “I couldn’t live without you”. It is also a great example of the players accomplished delivery, to move through the songs with a blanket of sound that warms and nurtures, allowing the vocals to reign. Nods to producer Steve Dawson.
‘Forgive or Forget’ is Jenny Whiteley’s fourth album effort, her first release four years.