10 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sporting a Mohawk haircut, waist-length braids and a nose chain, Toronto-born Jane Child cut an unusual figure among the female pop artists of her era. As her 1990 self-titled debut album shows, she backed up her striking looks with a defiant attitude and a complex, keyboard-based sound that grabbed the body and teased the mind. Musically, Child’s tunes are akin to Prince’s potent funk/rock blend; lyrically, her streetwise wordplay brings Teena Marie to mind. Both qualities are on display in “Don’t Wanna Fall In Love.” The rest of the singer/songwriter’s first album is dominated by bouncy yet crunchy dance-floor tracks like “I Got News for You,” “Welcome to the Real World” and “Biology.” She ventures away from obviously commercial terrain on the broodingly expansive “World Lullabye” and the dense, quirky aural collage “Thank You.” Despite her exotic appearance, Child’s music comes across as highly accessible and inviting. If her emphasis on synthesizers seems very much of its era, her feel for indelible hooks and suggestive imagery continues to hold appeal.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sporting a Mohawk haircut, waist-length braids and a nose chain, Toronto-born Jane Child cut an unusual figure among the female pop artists of her era. As her 1990 self-titled debut album shows, she backed up her striking looks with a defiant attitude and a complex, keyboard-based sound that grabbed the body and teased the mind. Musically, Child’s tunes are akin to Prince’s potent funk/rock blend; lyrically, her streetwise wordplay brings Teena Marie to mind. Both qualities are on display in “Don’t Wanna Fall In Love.” The rest of the singer/songwriter’s first album is dominated by bouncy yet crunchy dance-floor tracks like “I Got News for You,” “Welcome to the Real World” and “Biology.” She ventures away from obviously commercial terrain on the broodingly expansive “World Lullabye” and the dense, quirky aural collage “Thank You.” Despite her exotic appearance, Child’s music comes across as highly accessible and inviting. If her emphasis on synthesizers seems very much of its era, her feel for indelible hooks and suggestive imagery continues to hold appeal.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 Ratings

nativemuse ,

ingenuity beyond 5 stars

This debut album of Jane Child's got me through my entire freshman year of high school, giving every emotion a voice and an outlet. Listening to it again today, I'm even more struck by her talent and originality. While she demonstrated a novel layered approach to her high-voltage pop songs ("Don't Wanna Fall in Love", "Biology", "Ds 21"), it's actually on the darker tracks that her creative ability really shines ("You're My Religion", "Hey Mr. Jones", "World Lullabye"). Very rarely can artists cultivate the variations between dissonance and resolution that she has. Jane Child singlehandedly created a niche of her own as a brilliant goth-rockin' synth woman, and remember that this was virtually 20 years ago. There's real power behind that voice-- and brains behind her hard-driving musical skill; the world just wasn't ready for her yet.

HeyNow427 ,

Great!

This album is truly art very fun to listen to great tracks like the hit don't wanna fall in love, world lulliby, welcome to the realworld, and your my religion now. Definatly worth to be in your collection. NOTE TO ITUNES please add her second album Here Not There like this album it was great also.

RevBays ,

A Funky Piece of Work

This album was truely a masterpiece. It came out during a time when synth funk was booming and the track, "Don't Wanna Fall In Love", was off the hook. I wish more of Jane's work would have made it big, but the music world is what it is. I love here keyboard licks.

RevBays

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