Jenny Bienemann | Late Night Elaborations

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Late Night Elaborations

by Jenny Bienemann

Pop-infused folk music with soaring harmonies. WXRT Chicago's Local Anesthetic named it to its "Best of 2004" list.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Downpour
4:52 $0.99
2. Look at the Sky (Live)
3:42 $0.99
3. Imaginary Battles
5:21 $0.99
4. I Wanna Be Sedated
5:27 $0.99
5. Wedding Dress
4:16 $0.99
6. Why Didn't You
4:29 $0.99
7. I Knew You
4:12 $0.99
8. Rose of the Past
4:24 $0.99
9. Somewhere
4:23 $0.99
10. Pottery Barn
3:15 $0.99
11. Cupola (Live)
2:02 $0.99
12. Downpour a Deux
4:59 $0.99
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Album Notes
Jenny Bienemann is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist based in Chicago. Described as falling “somewhere between winking innocence and worldly detachment,” her music has been featured in TV, film and theatre productions, and earned her comparisons to Suzanne Vega, Ricki Lee Jones, and Michael Hedges. Recorded in the studio, live, and on the radio, this is her striking first album.

Jenny's music receives national airplay on outlets as varied as MSNBC, National Public Radio, and The Howard Stern Show. She plays regularly with her husband Robin Bienemann, is a member of the bands The Zimmerman, The Significant Others, and The Rainy Day Women, and has led songwriting workshops at high schools and colleges, at the Friendly School of Music, the Old Town School of Folk Music, and Lamb’s Retreat for Songwriters.



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Waterbug Website

Offbeat charm and wit...complex enough musically to really reward many listens.
This album I found just browsing at Waterbug site and took a chance on it. Boy, I'm glad I did. She has a lot of insight and stuff to say about life, relationships, and wry observations that I suppose are 'folk'
music, but also seem to relate to Broadway writers like Sondheim, or even before. Also the arrangements are intriguing, interesting-- with an eye to Joni Mitchell (like the "Hejira" period Joni) and not too disimilar to Vicki Pratt Keating, but her own spin as well. I like the offbeat charm and wit, but there's a lot of serious stuff here as well, and complex enough musically to really reward many listens. I think if you like any of those other artists, Susan Werner, Annie Gallup, Christine Lavin, and such, you'll probably dig Bienemann.

James F. Curley

Singular sonics, lush lyrics, perfect production. Outstanding!
Late Night Elaborations is a sonic treat; rich lyrical content delivered in an excellent envelope of sound! Every track, including Cupola, which was recorded live, displays great, present, sparkling production values that serve as a pristine backdrop for Ms. Bienemann's acrobatic vocals. Tracks like 'Downpour' and 'Why Didn't You' have a resonant strength provided by rich background vocals, sparse appropriate instrumentation and dead-on lyrics. This is a record worthy of many, many repeat listenings, both actively and passively. I'll be listening to it years from now, I'm sure.

Andrew Calhoun, Waterbug Records

Hip guitar riffs, vocal overlays and idiosyncratic pacing lend the project the f
Wonderful songwriters don't always make wonderful recordings. Chicagoan Jenny Bienemann's "Late Night Elaborations" is a happy exception - a daringly produced, sparkling sonic delight. Her songs are fresh and honest, falling somewhere between winking innocence and worldly detachment - life isn't easy, but it's really okay. With each lyric firmly grounded in the everyday, Bienemann's hip guitar riffs, vocal overlays and idiosyncratic pacing lend the project the feel of a dream sequence. An entrancing disc!

Sue Fink

The title, "Late Night Elaborations," accurately describes the overall feel of
The title, "Late Night Elaborations," accurately describes the overall feel of these songs: very personal, like someone might think to themselves late at night when everything is still and one can try to make sense of things; and yet, the emotions they evoke are universal. Jenny has a very welcoming, sure feel on stage -- she makes you feel like she's really happy to be there, and
happy that you are there, too. Her songs are truly unique, with unexpected melodies and harmonies and sentiments.

James Kaplan

Chicago singer/songwriter Jenny Bienemann has a beautiful clear voice that keeps
"Chicago singer/songwriter Jenny Bienemann has a beautiful clear voice that keeps on ringing. Some of her songs evoke early Suzanne Vega with a twinge of Alanis Morisette. Her writing is direct and accesible. This is a charming debut album that you will want to listen to over and over."

Gretchen A.

For me & my guy
I like Jenny Bienemann so much, I bought two of these at the same time, one for me and one for my guy. Finally, intelligent music by someone who can sing! And yes, her cover of "I Wanna Be Sedated" is as inventive and clever and musically interesting as you think it is, but the other songs are just as wonderful. Stop reading the reviews and buy this one, already! :-D

Cheryl B.

Bienemann is exactly what one would hope to find when walking into an off-the-be
Jenny Bienemann has a vocal range that would surprise even the most experienced listener. Climbing, dropping, plateau-ing, and most enjoyable, Bienemann is exactly what one would hope to find when walking into an off-the-beaten venue looking for more. Rising to the pinnacle of thoughtful lyrics, Bienemann brings our own thoughts into focus on tunes like "Imaginary Bottles." A poetic nature comes through in her work, especially on cuts like "Wedding Dress," possessing a reflective, day-dreamy quality. "Somewhere," sparks a fire to head west, drive all night and just be. Nicely done. Appealing. The next time you're longing for a "late-night elaboration," give Bienemann a listen.