TUNE Jennifer Lang - Keep Your Head Up
Jennifer Lang's songs are centered around a love theme, and stem from Lang's desire for people to know how important love really is. She does it beautifully with the new album. Her voice conveys sensuality, romance and the heartache of a breakup, which is something that we haven't seen since Toni Braxton hit the scene.
There are moments during this 14-song disc where Lang brings to mind Sade's Quiet Storm soul vibe. But sometimes Sade can come off a little too-cool-for-school, to the extent of making the listener apathetic after a short while. Yet Lang is both smooth and warm at the same time. Something like "Fairy Tales", which -- if not handled correctly -- could have come off a little too cute. In Lang's hands, however, the mystery of love, which can often times be fairy tale-like -- comes through loud and clear.
With 3 O' Clock Saturday, Jennifer Lang has created a batch of fine listening music. And there's a clear distinction, by the way, between 'listening' music and 'dance' music.
A lot of R&B music sounds great in a club or booming from a car stereo. But if you attempt to enjoy such sounds in a stationary position, you may become a little restless. In contrast, Lang's sounds have a calming affect. They make you want to sit back, relax, and take it all in.