Review by Jason Gladu of Pop Journalism Magazine Winnipeg pianist and songwriter Janine Gobeil got her first big break as a back-up singer for Tiffany (of 'I Think We're Alone Now' fame) on her comeback record Dust Off and Dance. Gobeil must have had a good experience, because she stayed in L.A. long enough to record this honest, heartfelt six-song debut. With tracks like the catchy opener 'Perfect Side of Me,' the hopeful 'Wander,' and the funky-pop of 'OK,' Gobeil clearly demonstrates her ability to write beautiful piano pop melodies, ideal for light rock or jazz radio stations. While Gobeil doesn't really stretch from these genres, there are two tracks that sound quite different. The sexy, drum heavy 'Quick and Witty' is dramatic and instantly reminded me of something Sarah Slean would do. The first single, 'Regrets' is a breathtaking ballad that shows off Gobeil's incomparably beautiful voice. As an extra, this CD comes with the 'Regrets' video (directed by Winnipeg's Scott Catolico) which complements the song perfectly and made me wonder why MuchMore Music doesn't play more independent music videos (or much music for that matter). While some might find Janine Gobeil a bit too sweet, there's no denying that she possesses one of Winnipeg's most captivating voices **** There is a certain "classic" feel and sound to Janine's songs...unintended but natural in their creation. Her words are honest and her ideas are heartfelt. Take a listen and "see" the songs. You might find yourself cruising care-free down a hot desert highway in a huge convertible blasting the AM radio or at a drive-in restaurant waiting for the girl on roller-skates to take your order. Between the spring of 2005-2006, this singing songwriter from Winnipeg, Manitoba recorded in Los Angeles twice, shot a video in Victoria, B.C. and wrapped it all up in a six song enhanced CD. Taking a very independent approach, Janine (vocals, piano), along with producer/musicians Rod Hussey (bass) and Alf Catolico (drums/guitar) financed and produced the record themselves. The songs were engineered by Andrew Slade and mixed by JUNO AWARD winner Tim Feehan at Backroom Studios in L.A., with Murray Pulver (Doc Walker, Crash Test Dummies) adding some guitars at his studio, Monster Music in Winnipeg. The video for "Regrets" was shot over two rainy days in Victoria by Scott Catolico whose flawless editing complimented the subtle flow of the song. Starting at a very early age, Janine has done voice-overs on Sesame Street, fronted daring rock bands and jazz groups, performed in stage productions and has done an enormous amount of studio work tracking her voice on many recordings for artists across Canada and the U.S., while writing down her thoughts and stories and honing her songwriting at every moment in between. She is currently creating more pieces of music for everyone to take home.
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