A Fool Wholl

Jean Laura

A Fool Wholl
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A Fool Wholl

Jean Laura

The first sound you hear on a A Fool Who’ll, the new album by transcendent songwriter Laura Jean, is something never before heard on a Laura Jean record. It’s the sound of an electric guitar. Back in 2009, Laura was one of eight songwriters to receive an APRA Professional Development Award, and among the cash, recording equipment and other prizes, she also won a pastel yellow Gibson SG. You could say Laura Jean went to the country and came back with a rock record. She thinks of it as the dark twin of her first album. “A fool who’ll is about realising we’re at the mercy of factors that we can’t understand or control, but learning to surrender to that unknowing,” she says. Recorded in Melbourne by Simon Grounds, mixed by Darryl Neudorf (Neko Case, New Pornographers, Sarah MacLachlan) and mastered by Peter J. Moore (Neil Young, Cowboy Junkies, Joni Mitchell), A Fool Who’ll is a landmark album for Laura, a reinvention of sorts, but also the starkest and most concentrated expression yet from an artist who grows bolder with each release.

Review

Sydney-born, Melbourne-based singer/songwriter Laura Jean first came to national attention in 2006 with the release of her successful debut album Our Swan Song. Laura received international exposure when Snow Patrol asked her to sing Martha Wainwright’s part in the song ‘Set the Fire to the Third Bar’ during their two Australian tours in 2007. This soon led to her supporting major international bands such as M Ward and Midlake, as well as home grown stars such as New Buffalo and Darren Hanlon.

Laura Jean’s third album A Fool Who’ll is a beautiful work of art. Her exceptional lyrics and powerful voice take you on a roller-coaster of emotions. From the complex emotions of being in love with ‘So Happy’ to the plummeting depths of being lovesick in ‘Missing You’, this album is well worth the ride. One of the highlights is Australia: a good alternative national anthem! This album is an absolute must for your collection!

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