Singer/songwriter Janey Street released her new EP I’m Not the Girl I Used to Know last Friday, March 18th. The five-song, eighteen-minute record is an interesting new effort from the veteran New York-based artist. That is due to a number of factors, not the least of which being the songs included in the record. While there are only five songs featured in this disc they cover quite a bit of ground both in regards to their lyrical themes and musical arrangements. In the same vein, the songs’ sequencing over the course of the record’s run time is just as important to its presentation. That will be discussed later. Last but hardly least of note in this EP is the songs’ production. Thanks to their production, each song is expertly balanced, thus leading to the fullest emotional impact for listeners. It brings everything full circle and in turn shows Street’s new EP to be anything but the kind of record that listeners know. It is better.
Janey Street’s new EP I’m Not the Girl I Used to Know is anything but the kind of record that listeners know. That is due in part to the songs that are featured in this record. The songs that make up the EP’s body will keep listeners engaged both because of their lyrical themes and their musical arrangements. In regards to the songs’ lyrical themes, the songs touch on a number of topics to which any listener will be able to relate. Case in point the record’s opening number. It is also the EP’s title track. This bittersweet opus focuses on a figure (obviously a woman) that has gone through some really tough times in her life. The difficult situations come across largely as relationship situations. Street successfully translates the figure’s pain in her delivery of the song’s lyrical content, too. The song’s musical arrangement adds even more interest to the song. Its musical arrangement conjures thoughts of the power ballads that were so commonplace in the 1980s. That is especially the case in the song’s bridge and its chorus. Street’s work on the piano in the song’s verses makes the song just as moving. The whole of the composition is a work that even as bittersweet as it is, is still a solid opener for Street’s new record. That is especially when examining the whole of the EP in regards to its sequencing. That will be discussed later. Staying on the topic at hand the EP’s opener is just one example of how its songs play an integral role in its presentation. ‘Situation’ is another important addition to the record’s body.
‘I’m Not the Girl I Used to Know,’ the opener and title track to Janey Street’s new EP is a solid opener to the disc. It is also a prime example of the importance of the record’s songs both in regards to their lyrical themes and their musical arrangements. It is just one example of what makes the record’s songs important. ‘Situation’ is another example of what makes the record’s songs so important. In regards to its lyrical theme, Street comes across as trying to say to listeners that tough times happen in life. They happen to everybody and in every way regardless of a person’s age. From difficult relationship situations to something as general as a child trying to make friends, she notes that there are many different tough situations in life. She approaches this theme with the utmost gentility, reminding listeners that everybody goes through those varied difficult situations (thus the song’s title). It is a reminder to listeners for when they begin to feel like the world is against them or even coming down around them that they are not the only ones that are going through something difficult or even have ever done so. The song’s musical arrangement is just as gentle in its approach. It isn’t the painful sound established in the EP’s opener. But there is a certain element about it that while bittersweet helps illustrate the hopeful message presented in the song’s lyrical content. Keeping that in mind, the two elements join together to make this motivational piece another prime example of what makes the album’s songs so important to its overall presentation. It isn’t the last example either. ‘My Side of Paradise,’ which allegedly is a biographical piece, is another key example of what makes this record’s songs so important to its overall presentation.
‘I’m Not the Girl I Used to Know’ and ‘Situation’ are both key examples of what makes the songs in this new EP so important to its presentation. They are both worth noting because of their lyrical themes and accompanying musical arrangements. Both elements work together in each song to give each work the fullest impact on listeners. ‘My Side of Paradise’ is one more example of what makes the EP’s songs so important to its presentation. The song is allegedly autobiographical. In comparison to the EP’s first three songs it takes a much happier tone. This is important to note. That is because of the role that it plays into the EP’s sequencing. Street sings about seeing the sun and people walking around with radios 80s style on their shoulders. What’s really interesting here is that even with that throwback reference the song doesn’t boast an 80s sound. Rather it’s more modern sounding than anything from that era. That is at least this critic’s take on the song. In general, the song a direct contrast to the record’s first three offerings. It is also the beginning of a noticeable change in the record’s overall, tone. Again, that is a reference to the record’s sequencing. The EP’s closer ‘Bring It On’ completes that change in attitude that begins on the exactly opposite pole in its opener. It presents Street’s subject with a cautious optimism in her attempt to give love a second chance. Together with the rest of the EP’s featured songs it finishes off the record and shows once more exactly why the EP’s songs are in themselves important to the disc’s presentation. As important as they are to the record they are not the record’s only important elements. The EP’s sequencing is just as important to its presentation as the songs themselves.
The songs that are included in Janey Street’s new EP are in their own way a collectively important part of the record’s presentation. That is because of the ability of the songs to reach listeners with their relatable subject matter. The music that accompanies each of the songs serves to better set the songs’ mood in each case, thus making each piece more easily reach listeners and keep listeners engaged. As important as all of this is to Street’s new EP, they are only a portion of what makes the record stand out. The disc’s sequencing is just as important as the songs. As a matter of fact both elements work hand in hand. In listening through the record, there is a noticeable change in attitude as the record progresses. It starts out with its emotionally painful title track. From there, Street offers a somewhat similarly bittersweet composition in ‘Tears Taste The Same’ before the mood gradually begins to change in ‘Situation.’ While still somewhat bittersweet in its approach, there is still a certain, slight sense of hope and optimism here as Street reminds listeners that everybody faces their own tough situations in life no matter age or gender. That revelation having been made, the EP then grows even more optimistic in ‘My Side of Paradise.’ The song comes across as presenting someone on that other side of life’s tough situations. The whole thing is rounded out in the disc’s closer ‘Bring It On.’ The song is in direct contrast to the EP’s opener. That is because whereas the disc’s opener was sad and contemplating, this composition presents someone that has perhaps gotten over the hurdles of love’s bad side and is now facing the chance of finding love again, albeit with a certain amount of cautious optimism. Even with that caution the song’s overall vibe comes across as being the polar opposite of the EP’s opener. Looking back through the whole of the disc’s eighteen minutes, it is clear over that time that the disc’s sequencing presents an emotional journey that every listener will appreciate. It’s just one more way that I’m Not the Girl I Used to Know stands out. It still is not the EP’s only remaining important element. The disc’s production is just as important to note as the songs and their sequencing.
Both the songs that are featured in Janey Street’s new EP and their sequencing are important elements of the record’s presentation. The songs present five wholly different scenarios that generate five completely different moods. The songs’ sequencing takes listeners on a musical and emotional journey that they will enjoy and appreciate after having given the record in whole a chance. Keeping this in mind, they are not the only important elements to be noted of the record’s presentation. Its production is just as important as its sequencing and its songs. The record’s production is just as important as the songs and their sequencing. That is because the songs’ production is what really brings out the emotion of each song. The disc’s opening number is proof of this. When Street breaks into the classic 80s power ballad style guitar solos, they don’t come across as overpowering (no pun intended). They are expertly balanced with the song’s other elements, thus making them the song’s most notable moment. And in ‘Bring It On’ the string arrangements are just subtle enough against Street’s guitar work and vocal delivery to give the song that full emotional impact in its case. In a similar vein, the balance of the song’s keyboards and electronics in ‘My Side of Paradise’ give the song just enough of a playful, infectious vibe to make it a fan favorite. Whether through this song or any of the others included in this disc, it can be said of the record in whole that its production proves just as important to its presentation as its sequencing and its songs. All things considered I’m Not the Girl I Used to Know proves in the end to be a record that is anything but the kind of record that listeners know. It is better.
I’m Not the Girl I Used to Know is a record that, even being just a five-track EP, is anything but the kind of record that listeners know. That is evident through its five songs, which present a group of compositions that will move listeners both to tears at times and to smiles at others. Its songs even have the potential to move listeners to both at the same time. The record’s featured songs are just part of what makes this record stand out. The sequencing of its songs are just as important to the record as the songs themselves. That is because of the emotional and musical journey on which it takes listeners. The songs’ sequencing takes listeners from the depths of sadness to the cautious happiness of having beaten that sadness. There’s no denying that the songs were sequenced in the order in which they are presented here. That being the case it shows exactly why the record’s sequencing is so important. The record’s production rounds out its most important elements. Its production is what gives each song its emotional impact. Together with the songs and their sequencing, all three elements combine to make the record, again, one that is anything but the kind of record that listeners know. It is a record that even being an EP, is well worth the listen. It is available now in stores and online. More information on I’m Not the Girl I Used to Know is available online now along with all of Janey Street’s latest news at:
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