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Shelter

by Kristina Jacobsen

Kristina Jacobsen delivers her songs in a yodeling alto that can warm your heart, bite off a searing denunciation, or celebrate good times with equal fervor.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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1. Every Last Drop
Kristina Jacobsen
3:03 album only
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2. What I Never Knew
Kristina Jacobsen
4:02 album only
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3. Running on Empty
Kristina Jacobsen
3:32 album only
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4. I Don't Wanna Smile
Kristina Jacobsen
3:12 album only
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5. Lucinda
Kristina Jacobsen
5:06 album only
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6. Waldorf Woman
Kristina Jacobsen
4:25 album only
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7. In This Body
Kristina Jacobsen
5:18 album only
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8. We Can't Go Back
Kristina Jacobsen & Camille Grey
3:48 album only
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9. Medium Is the Message
Kristina Jacobsen
4:02 album only
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10. Lost in Flight
Kristina Jacobsen
4:13 album only
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11. Sardinian Saints
Kristina Jacobsen
4:40 album only
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12. Maison Dancer
Kristina Jacobsen
4:07 album only
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13. Fyrtrnet (Lighthouse)
Kristina Jacobsen
2:43 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Nominated for three New Mexico Music Awards, Kristina Jacobsen proves that she is a certified country singer/songwriter who couldn’t be more authentic if she had been born backstage at the Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport. She delivers her songs in a yodeling alto that can warm your heart, bite off a searing denunciation, or celebrate good times with equal fervor. Deeply inspired by what she calls “honky tonk americana,” this album features co-writes with songwriters from across the U.S. and Europe (Jason Murray, Sonya Heller, Camille Grey, John Parish, Morten Kjaer) and songs written in a variety of places, including the Navajo Nation, Denmark, Finland, New Mexico, and the sovereign Italian island of Sardinia. “Shelter” also showcases the harmonies of engineer and co-producer, Meredith Wilder, and instrumentalists on pedal steel and baritone guitar (Alex McMahon), fiddle (Emily Anslover), auto-harp (Camille Grey), Sardinian guitar (Ignazio Cadeddu), accordion (Matteo Scano) and cello (Ian Brody).

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Kristina Jacobsen
Shelter (Three Roses Music)
A review

On Shelter, singer/songwriter Kristina Jacobsen offers 13 original tracks that include danceable honky-tonk americana and reflective folk tunes, and lyrics in English, Danish, Norwegian, Italian, Finnish, and Navajo. What ties them all together is captured in the album’s title: “Songs for me increasingly are providing a sense of shelter from the world, but also as a way into the world. When I had all the songs on the album put together, and I was thinking, What unifies all of these in different ways?—for me, it was, yeah, a sense of safety and shelter that songs give me.”
Songs can be a safe place to explore and resolve deeply personal issues. “In This Body,” dedicated to those living with invisible illnesses, reveals Jacobsen’s own struggle with a debilitating mind/body connection that forced her to own her emotions. “What I Didn’t Know” relates one individual’s difficult but liberating lesson in how to love herself. “Running on Empty”—“Running on empty/Only fumes to spare/Or did you want those, too?”—addresses the need to take care of yourself and find a balance in the face of others’ unrelenting demands.
It takes a certain courage to open such personal struggles up to public view, but the payoff is twofold. First, it lets others who are dealing with similar issues know that they are not alone. Second, says Jacobsen, “My own journey to healing—a lot of that has been through art and through songwriting.” (Some of it has apparently also been through the exuberance of music and dance, as expressed in the lively Cajun tune “Maison Dancer,” cowritten with Sonya Heller.)
In “I Don’t Wanna Smile,” Jacobsen claims her space, chronicling an encounter with a well-meaning gentleman whose good intentions are swamped by his patriarchal attitude, as unconscious to him as it is patronizing to the object of his attentions. Other highlights include “Lucinda,” a touching ballad about a favorite truck consigned to the junkyard; “Waldorf Woman,” a humorous take on growing up in the idyllic bubble of Waldorf schools; and the reflective folksongs “Every Last Drop” (savoring life’s sweet and often fleeting moments), “We Can’t Go Back” (cowritten with Camille Grey, recovering youth’s sense of wonder), “Medium Is the Message” (cowritten with John Parish, recommending the rewards of inefficiency), and “Lost in Flight” (cowritten with Jason Murray, “cloud-coasting” into a new chapter of life). Perhaps the album’s most lovely melody is tucked into a hidden track, “Frytårnet (Lighthouse),” cowritten with Morten Kjaer. (Lyrics and translations can be found on Jacobsen’s website.)
Jacobsen is ably supported by Meredith Wilder (harmonies), Camille Grey (lead and harmony vocals, autoharp), Alex McMahon (pedal steel, acoustic guitar, baritone guitar, electric guitar), Emily Anslover (fiddle), Jason Murray (guitar, classical guitar, harmonies), Ian Brody (cello), Matteo Scano (accordion), Ignazio Cadeddu (Sardinian guitar, from a field recording). Brody, McMahon, and Murray will join Jacobsen at the release party, which may be the last time you can catch her for the next year—unless you are traveling to Sardinia.
Mel Minter, Musically Speaking (melminter.com)

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