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Perfect Handful

by Jenn Lindsay

Acoustic indie rock / folk / singer-songwritery / political
Genre: Folk: like Ani
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Got My Baby
3:32 $0.99
2. Bones
2:45 $0.99
3. Good Thing
2:42 $0.99
4. Rain
3:19 $0.99
5. Between Our Homes
3:19 $0.99
6. Miracle Thing
4:12 $0.99
7. I Am Closer Than I Appear
3:40 $0.99
8. Don't You Know
3:11 $0.99
9. Night Train
2:29 $0.99
10. What U Got
3:34 $0.99
11. Outro
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12. Outro 2
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Album Notes


Hi folks,
I took the last year away from touring and working the biz, and it was the best thing that ever happened to my music. Then I dropped out of grad school and came back to NYC to make music, and had enough material to make two albums. PERFECT HANDFUL is cut from the same cloth as my sixth album, UPHILL BOTH WAYS, but HANDFUL is distinct in its reliance on acoustic folk ballad traditions and on the quirk and spunk of the “antifolk” movement. Thematically, the album broaches love, grief, being single, other musicians, and the music business. Like its precedent, this album was financed entirely by my fans, and I play most of the instruments on the album. My co-producer Major Matt Mason and I work indie all the way, recording out of a tiny apartment in Manhattan where the drum kit rests on a bedspread, the microphone pop filter is a sock stretched over a coat hanger, and toy xylophones take center stage. I think it's an awesome album, and I hope you do too!


Other Jenn Lindsay releases:

"If Jenn Lindsay's songs got the recognition they deserved, New York would be one receptionist short and the folk world would be one star richer" Nicky Rossiter, RAMBLES

When Jenn Lindsay played a women's music festival last year in Santa Cruz, CA, the 400-person audience was on their feet several times for good reason. In her 3-year involvement playing on New York City's underground folk circuit, Lindsay's music has ignited a substantial east coast following. She's just finished her fifth album, THE LAST NEW YORK HORN, and is touring nationally in support of it and her happy transient art-life.

Jenn's musical community is the NYC Antifolk scene, a hub of musicians based in the East Village's Sidewalk Cafe, who share a mutual distaste for mediocre, well-packaged mainstream music.




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Caitlin Sislin

Beautiful, lyrical, and deliciously haunting . . . as usual!
Jenn Lindsay has once again delivered an amazing tapestry of sound and poetry. This album is gentle and light, yet rich and intense. Wise, funny, and sweet lyrics over music that is simply beautiful. Every album of hers feels more and more timeless. Thanks Jenn!

Americana UK

Jenn Lindsay will wake you up.
Yawning at the thought of yet another acoustic guitar wielding female singer songwriter? Jenn Lindsay will wake you up.

This is Jenn Lindsay’s seventh album; both this and her sixth album, ‘Uphill Both Ways’, were financed entirely by her fans. Her world is that of the New York anti-folk scene, a bunch of musicians and writers that ‘share a mutual distaste for mediocre, well-packaged mainstream music’ claims her website. Generally here we are talking acoustic guitar, lone female voice, singer songwriter fare, these days a rather overcrowded field, but by the time you’ve written enough material for seven albums you should be getting the hang of this songwriting malarkey, and what makes this record stand out is indeed the quality of writing, and the lyrics in particular. The opening song sets the tone ‘Got My Baby’ is a love song to her guitar ‘She is the only baby I will ever need, She's got the longest neck you ever seen, And six lovely steel strings’, the song goes on to reveal how her friends are keen to point out Jenn's relationship status, single, ‘everyone is in love except you’. There are all sorts of other little bell ringing real life references in the songs, like in ‘Rain’, a song, in part, about moving, ‘My junk stuffed in the car, My lip fat from a bungee snap’. ‘Miracle Thing’ is about Ani Difranco, a song that anyone whose ever had a musical obsession can relate to ‘driving with Christina to work in '98, she slipped in a perfect mix tape, every single song hit me hard at home’. Lots of clever little lyrical twists are in there ‘My spoon is in her peanut butter jar, Her songs are stuck to the roof of my heart’, but she does admit ‘A girl can't live on Ani alone’ and wonders about her hero ‘Did you ever play 5 lame shows in a row, With one once in a while that kept you goin?’, a very honest and appealing song. The delivery is not dissimilar to the Waitresses (if you recall that ‘Christmas Wrapping’ song). ‘What U Got’ is another striking song, this time about the mixed up emotions of seeing a friend becoming successful ‘I don't see you in the clubs no more, You've ascended through the boardroom door’, ‘Your life is high and soft, My life is what I got’. Sadly it's perhaps not all that likely that a record of this style will ever shift mega units, but that shouldn’t detract from its ridiculously high quality, and the reality, honesty and humour in Jenn’s writing.

Music Edge / Kiki Alexander

sweet and open,
What do Nelly, Conor Oberst (A.K.A. Bright Eyes) and Jenn Lindsay all have in common?!

No, it’s not their awesome folk music you silly guys, you!!!! Actually, all three are guilty of releasing two albums in one year.
My mother just walked into the kitchen where I am facing the glare of my laptop, listening to Jenn Lindsay’s newest, Perfect Handful, which was released this year along with Uphill Both Ways and Mom goes on in her motherly way of how pretty she thinks Jenn’s voice is and how calming her music is. Indeed, after listening to and reviewing Uphill Both Ways earlier this year, I find Jenn much calmer on Perfect Handful and it’s hard not to compare the two albums to each other.

So as pessimistic and vengeful as Uphill was - sounding much like a post-breakup record - Perfect Handful is the other side, sweet and open, she sounds in love, strumming her guitar with a lot less fury and after other female folk tragedies (I shall not name names) Jenn Lindsay is quite refreshing, never selling out to the ever-tempting techno beats and sexier boots. She doesn’t really play into much of an image at all, the multi-instrumentalist’s sound is a grass roots approach of folk basics blended with her sometimes sweet sometimes sultry poetry and her ironic lyrics bring out the awkwardness of every girl in a classy way.

She’s not as laugh-out-loud funny on Perfect Handful as she’s been in the past and I have yet to hear a song that makes me want to both bawl and crack up as Uphill’s “Kitchen Sink” but Perfect Handful is much more solid in comparison to the former randomness and I’d like to think that this is a sign Jenn’s finally feeling the security she seemed to be lacking. Perfect Handful’s first track “Got My Baby” is an ode to her true love - her guitar, but the real gem on this record is “Rain.” It’s not a breakup song, or a love song exactly, it’s more of a real-deal-anthem for lovers, “You are made with dependable stitching/ It's an easy tradition to love you more and more/ That's what my heart's for.” The haunting, piano laced “Night Train” and “Don’t You Know” are also true proof of what this girl can do.

Celebrity Cafe

Jenn Lindsay’s “Perfect Handful” has softhearted messages of adulation with a graceful vocalist yet many of the songs have an overtly carnal undercurrent that might not sit well with some listeners. The first song starts off with systematic guitar chords then the song snaps into high gear. Yet, the lyrics sound slightly abnormal which might make listeners uneasy with lines like, “Hey I got my baby, she is the only thing that I will ever need... she’s got the longest neck you’ve ever seen…we make sounds together deep in the dark.”

The second song has more practiced guitar play but then becomes more powerful with lyrics like, “Hang your worries at the door and lay here on the ground. Listen to the world doing her rounds.” The third song has drumming and reminisces about how a relative’s courtship made Lindsay realize what a gift she had found in her own life with lines like, “Grandpa asked for grandma’s hand one weekend… I knew you were a good thing the very first night…three years later I know I was right.” Lindsay’s elation at her good fortune resounds on this track.

The fourth song has some harmonica in the intro, which diverts from what the album has conveyed so far. Lindsay’s soft-spoken voice combined with very emotional lyrics make for a delightful mix but the sometimes-blatant sexuality might turn off some listeners.

Reviewer: Sari N. Kent

Frank Gutch Jr.

Amazing lo-fi folk/pop/rock!!
Lindsay leans a bit more toward the acoustic side here than on her excellent simultaneously released power pop gem "Uphill Both Ways" but doesn't miss a beat. Incredible upbeat melodies full of hooks and odd twists. Straightforward production with help from Major Matt Mason fits the tunes to a T. Sample some tunes. It only takes a couple of minutes and may change your attitude toward indies.

J-Sin from

A magnificent piece of work...powerful songs that demand your full attention
Hopefully this is the first time that Jenn Lindsay has heard the term “perfect handful” and it not be in reference to her breasts. She deserves more than a candid look from semi-horny male audiences—oh yeah I forget those anti-folk kids are sooooo beyond all of that. Clearly. Regardless, our hero and acoustic lovechild Jenn Lindsay once again turns in a magnificent piece of work entitled “Perfect Handful”. Her lyrics are once again poignant disasters—for those that disagree with her of course. She writes powerful songs that demand your full attention and will grab it thusly if you’re not completely alert. Perfect ain’t enough grease for these wheels!