O'Connor, Jennifer - Here With Me LP
NEW MATADOR RECORDS. Jennifer recorded her new LP/CD ?Here With Me? (OLE 787-1,2) earlier this year with John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth) at Brooklyn?s Headgear Studios. It?s a breezier, more upbeat work than 2006?s fantastic ?Over The Mountain, Across The Valley and Back To The Stars?, but I?d be lying if I told you the new album packed any less of an emotional wallop. Jennifer?s songs have never before sounded this crafted, or hit the listener with such immediacy.Backed by a crack backing trio of Jon Langmead, Michael Broadlieb and Michael Strandberg (and joined, briefly, by Hold Steady keyboardist Franz Nicolay), O?Connor tackles her most evocative pile of relationship-tunes with something approaching surgical precision. Over the past 6 years, Jennifer?s gotten scary good at this sort of thing, so much so that most other contenders for the hypothetical Nobel prize for Witty Pop Songs W/ Heart are either former members of this label?s roster (we?re thinking Manning/Phair/Daniel but if you wanna nominate someone more contemporary, please go right ahead) or they?ve already been embalmed in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.