Jamie Solow | Riddles

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Riddles

by Jamie Solow

Contemporary folk/rock with disarming lyrics and unusual sound textures.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. No Warning
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2. Riddles
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3. Freeway
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4. Passionflower
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5. Come Back Home
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6. Is It Your Heart
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7. Key to Your Door
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8. Don't Go Dirty
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9. Joe's Song
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10. Like a Baby
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11. Sacred
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12. The Softest Hour
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Some riddles are meant to be solved; others, to be savored, with new wonders and insights to be discovered each time around. Riddles marks the recording debut of Jamie Solow, a Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter whose work combines the organic feel of traditional folk with the more contemporary textures of artists such as Sarah McLachlan and Tracy Chapman.

But Jamie's is a distinctive new presence on the musical scene. Her voice is warmly expressive - sometimes ethereal and almost childlike, sometimes ballasted with the weight of emotion - and her songs tell stories based on real-life loves, losses, and other experiences. On the deceptively simple title track, she sings, "When a hand I've held is sliding away, I think love will go on," but then, "I turn around and it's gone."

From the lilting folk-jazz of "Passionflower" and its ride through the countryside to the more urban longing of "Freeway," the songs on Riddles take listeners on a journey of sound and vision. The achingly beautiful "Joe's Song" was written as a tribute to a friend who died of AIDS, while in the reggae-inflected "Don't Go Dirty," she playfully but insistently asks why people keep their hearts walled in. Ultimately, in "The Softest Hour," the CD's striking final track, love and passion are carried to their inevitable conclusion: sonic nirvana.

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Performing Songwrititer Magazine

sturdy melodies in uncluttered arrangements that emit an intimate glow
For anyone who laments the dearth of intelligent, thoughtfully rendered adult contemporary pop these days, Jamie Solow’s songs will come as a godsend. Framing sturdy melodies in uncluttered arrangements that emit an intimate glow, Solow’s music occupies a fertile territory that lies somewhere between the warm simplicity of Tracy Chapman and the textured ambiance of Sarah McLachlan.
Riddles, Solow’s debut CD, finds the Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter plying her minimalist folk-pop with superb results. Buoyed by a gifted team of backers who subscribe to the credo “less is more,” Solow sings in an everywoman voice that’s perfectly suited to the subdued nature of her compositions. Highlights include the whimsical title track, the reggae-tinged “Don’t Go Dirty,” and the moving ballad, “Joe’s Song,” one of several compositions that prominently feature the elegant piano work of Bob Remstein. Solow may still be struggling to solve riddles, but as debut CDs go, few sound more confident than this one.
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Liz Krainer

It's a riddle how anyone can put so much musicality and soul wisdom into one CD!
This CD bears repeating over and over and over. The artist is obviously wise in the heart and the world, and her music so nuanced that I find myself enriched by every re-hearing. A distinctive and varied collection of sounds and experiences. A distinctive new voice, as musical and challenging as Joni Mitchell and yet unique. Do yourself a favor and listen!
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