8 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jenny Scheinman's music is often marked by an easy flow and appealing melodicism, but its unexpected spikes and shifts are equally important. On 2012’s Mischief and Mayhem, she's joined by a group of excellent players: guitarist Nels Cline, bassist Todd Sickafoose, and drummer Jim Black. These three West Coast–rooted musicians are comfortable working in a variety of styles, something that comes in handy on Scheinman’s hard-to-pigeonhole pieces. The album opens with the airy psychedelia of “A Ride with Polly Jean,” which is both easygoing and mysterious. “Devil’s Ink” takes the listener into different sound worlds: at one point it could be an improvised film score, at other points it comes off like a prickly contemporary classical composition, and there’s a stretch of chugging prog rock. “The Audit” is a slice of melancholia as fine as a spare etching, while “Ali Farka Touche” pays tribute to the late Malian singer and guitarist Ali Farka Touré. If you had any doubts about this band’s ability to rock out, listen to the “The Mite.” This rousing closer is full of drive, drama, and noise.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jenny Scheinman's music is often marked by an easy flow and appealing melodicism, but its unexpected spikes and shifts are equally important. On 2012’s Mischief and Mayhem, she's joined by a group of excellent players: guitarist Nels Cline, bassist Todd Sickafoose, and drummer Jim Black. These three West Coast–rooted musicians are comfortable working in a variety of styles, something that comes in handy on Scheinman’s hard-to-pigeonhole pieces. The album opens with the airy psychedelia of “A Ride with Polly Jean,” which is both easygoing and mysterious. “Devil’s Ink” takes the listener into different sound worlds: at one point it could be an improvised film score, at other points it comes off like a prickly contemporary classical composition, and there’s a stretch of chugging prog rock. “The Audit” is a slice of melancholia as fine as a spare etching, while “Ali Farka Touche” pays tribute to the late Malian singer and guitarist Ali Farka Touré. If you had any doubts about this band’s ability to rock out, listen to the “The Mite.” This rousing closer is full of drive, drama, and noise.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

mack dallente ,

she nails it

Jenny really hits the mark on this album. Her style and sound coupled with jim, todd, and nels is KILLER! The best experience is this band live. If you get a chance, go check them out. Nobody like Jenny!

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