Call It Folk
Forgive or Forget , the latest release from Jenny Whiteley, features nine original new songs, plus a cover of Felice and Boudleaux Bryant’s “Raining in My Heart” originally recorded by Buddy Holly, that sound not so much written as torn from the cloth of hard won experience.
The songs on ‘Forgive or Forget’ trace the arc of love relationships as they wax and wane with the passage of time. From the optimistic joy of love’s new sheen reflected in “Ripple Effect” to the decline and fall of “Cold Kisses” and “Final Season”, Whiteley proves that there is a place for heartfelt love songs that reflect the realities of an adult world. As deeply personal as Dylan’s ‘Blood on the Tracks’, these songs of love, renewal, and dusting oneself off to start all over again will send shivers down listeners’ spines no matter how many times they’re played and heard.
Like all of Steve Dawson’s productions, ‘Forgive or Forget’ is full of stellar instrumental performances. Grounded by the rock solid rhythm section of John Raham (Be Good Tanyas/Po’Girl) on drums and Darren Paris on bass, Whiteley and her band travel through some very exhilarating musical territory as they bring these songs to life. Dawson’s heartfelt pedal steel that graces “Day Without Words” and Joey Wright’s (Sarah Harmer) impassioned archtop guitar and mandolin work on “Slack” and “Raining in My Heart” show that Jenny hasn’t forgotten her bluegrass roots. Add to that the crunching electric riffs that punctuate “Final Season” and “There was love”, and it’s obvious that ‘Forgive or Forget’ is a string lover’s delight. And, as if to prove that good music stands outside of time and fashion, the album features an array of keyboard textures ranging from funky organ wails to seventies Mellotron flourishes contributed by Chris Gestrin. (Randy Bachman/KOS)
Four years in the making, ‘Forgive or Forget’ is more than worth the wait. As a reward for her faithful fans’ patience, Jenny Whiteley has returned with what is surely the best album of her career. For those familiar with her music, it is a perfect addition to her already impressive canon of songs. For those new to Whiteley’s art, ‘Forgive or Forget’ is the perfect place to start the journey. The cover of 'Raining in My Heart', aptly showcases Whiteley's strong vocals, within a gentle and mellow arrangement.