Review of Love is Everything: The Jane Siberry Anthology - The War Against Silence - Glenn McDonald - 16 May 2002
...in which the author professes "I still believe that things are born out of the desire to instantiate insights as often as they are born out of fears of freedom," that setting Jane's voice "in plain folk contexts is like trying to walk into the sunset on a turnpike," and that "nothing has been more influential in the evolution of my understanding of pure Beauty than a handful of Jane Siberry's songs." Eloquent, thought-provoking, not to be missed. (But he's dead wrong about Maria, and generally wrong about Jane, but exactly right about Mimi. --ed.)
Brief review of Love is Everything: The Jane Siberry Anthology - Entertainment Weekly - Jon Caramanica - 26 Apr 2002
Not-very-positive blurb; compares Siberry to Enya (?!) and Kristin Hersh.
Interview - mp3.com - Jianda Johnson - 9 Nov 2001
Excellent in-depth interview. Includes terrific photos, sound clips, and a "Sheeba spirit" streaming radio station. Don't miss this one.
Brief biography on the Ghostland site - Fall 2001
Short bio; includes a very nice photo. The Ghostland site overall is worth visiting.
Hush Life" - National Post - Rebecca Eckler - 3 Mar
A skim-the-surface short
bio. Includes a nice small photo.
excerpt - CBC - Shelagh Rogers - 6 Feb 2001 (for
the full interview, see the audio
Brief interview excerpt;
discusses Sheeba and the definition of "Siberry-ish."
Messiah" - NY Times (Arts) - Ann Powers - 18 Dec
Review of the
performance of Handel's "Messiah" at The Bottom
Line in New York City, 15 Dec 2000. Includes a picture of
Essential Jane Siberry" - chapters.ca - Deena Waisberg
- circa Nov 2000
Positive review of
Hush; also discusses the background of Hush,
as well as Siberry's thoughts about the album and listeners'
responses to it.
review - Barnes & Noble.com - Kerry Dexter - circa
Positive review from
B & N; the page also includes a not-so-positive review
from All Music Guide's Aaron Badgley, as well as customer
review - CDNOW - Philip Van Vleck - 20 Sept 2000
Siberry Collects Lullabies" - Billboard.com - Jim
Bessman - 19 Sept 2000. Part of the "Artist of the Day"
Review of Hush
by a long-time Siberry supporter. Includes several quotes
from Siberry, regarding Hush and Sheeba in general.
- Christopher - Aug 2000
that covers a wide range of topics, including running Sheeba,
being more accessible to fans, making Hush, and clearing
away all the clutter.
by the Beach" and Hush review - CULTure Arcade
- A.M. Robichaud - Aug 2000
Discussion of the water leitmotif
in Siberry's work. Also includes a review of Hush.
at West 54th interview - Chris Douridas - Sep 1997
interview in which Jane describes how she prepares for performances,
how to listen the corporeal tuning fork, and why music is
best when it's on the common table. The interview was taped in September; the Session aired in December 1997.
Siberry doubles her pleasure" - JAM! - Karen Bliss
- 14 Nov 1997
Release of New
York Trilogy and Child; the spirit of Christmas.
in control" - JAM! - David Veitch - 4 Oct 1997
The formation and
operation of Sheeba; Hain't It Funny; A Day in the
Life; Bottom Line shows; Siberry's career goals.
Siberry is simply super" - JAM! - Mike Ross - 3 Oct
Leaving Warner Bros. for
for the majors" (A Day in the Life review)
- JAM! - Paul Cantin - 17 Aug 1997
Lukewarm review of
A Day in the Life.
goes solo in music business" - JAM! - Paul Cantin
- 27 June 1997
Forming Sheeba; legal
battles with Warner Bros.
Siberry crowns herself queen of Sheeba" - Vancouver
Sun - Katherine Monk - 21 July 1996
The sleazy side
of Siberry; the trial-and-error stage of Sheeba.
indie label brings Siberry full circle in musical journey"
- Ottawa Citizen - Tom Harrison - 18 July 1996
and Jane's relief that "I only have to sleep with
myself to get to the top".
Siberry Style Succeeds" - Ottawa Sun - Paul Cantin
- 25 July 1996
from Rideau Falls Park, Ottawa (Maria tour).
Queen of Sheeba" - JAM! - Paul Cantin - 21 July 1996
Starting Sheeba; brief
look at Siberry's career to that point.
embraces the 'Net" - JAM! - David Moore - 14 June
Launching the Sheeba
Magazine - Dec 1995/Jan 1996 - p. 6
Siberry's thoughts on Maria.
review - JAM! - John Sakamoto - 1996
Fairly complimentary review
(3.5 stars out of 5).
makes the Palace a cabaret" - San Francisco Examiner
- Barry Walters - 17 Nov 1995
A not-so-friendly concert
eludes Jane Siberry, but she still dazzles" - Chicago
Tribune - Nancy Stetson - 10 Nov 1995
Positive concert review
review - Boston Phoenix - David Gérard - 16-23
Very positive review.
Comes Up With Another Delightfully Different Persona"
- Toronto Star - Ira Band - Nov 1995
concert at Danforth Music Hall (Maria tour), in which
Siberry is called "Madonna-esque."
Siberry Soars In Gentle Jazz Setting" - Toronto Star
- Jennie Punter - Nov 1995
Siberry" - The Peak - Simon Frasier University's
student newspaper (Burnaby, B.C.) - Monique Harvey - Nov 1995
Concert/album review (Maria
review (Fez shows) - NY Times - Jon Pareles - 26 Oct 1995
Positive and evocative
concert review (Maria tour).
of WFUV radio interview - Ben Sopar - 24 Oct 1995
in-depth interview during the Maria tour. Topics include
Peter Gabriel, Michael Jackson, making a mix that doesn't
batter you, and Siberry's own stream-of-consciousness summary
of the evolution of her work.
review - Dallas Morning News - Catherine Cuellar -
22 Oct 1995 - p. 5c
Positive review that compares
Siberry to Philip Glass.
Finds Her Voice On Latest Release" - Kingston Whig-Standard
- Greg Burliuk - 7 Oct 1995
review that's especially complimentary of "Oh My My."
review - CMJ - Steve Ciobattoni - Oct 1995
Review that praises the
"nuances of her whispers, moans, and wordless improvs."
review - Qunicy, MA Patriot Ledger - Mick Skidmore
- 23 Sept 1995 - p. 41
Sees a similarity to Joni
Mitchell's jazz experiments.
review - Knoxville News-Sentinel - Chuck Campbell
- 22 Sept 1995 - p. 6
Negative review that sees
Maria as "lazy" and having "an
almost-boring feel of consistency totally out of character
review - Newark Star-Ledger - J.B. - 22 Sept 1995
Finds something good to
say about "Oh My My," but nothing else.
review - Rolling Stone - Chuck Dean - 21 Sept 1995 - Issue
717 - p. 84
and insightful review that talks about the "pull of life"
and compares Siberry to Michael Jackson (Siberry wins).
Far Is the Nearest Place to Kneel?" - The War Against
Silence - Glenn McDonald - 21 Sept 1995
Fascinating survey of Jane's
work up to the Maria release, focusing on spirituality
and touching on technology and Kate Bush.
Siberry finds freedom in speed with Maria" - Now
- Andrew Sun - 31 Aug - 6 Sept 1995
Maria review, plus great quotes from Siberry about
her preferred way of working, kinetic thrills, Brian Eno,
and having your hands tied by copyright.
review - Toronto Star - Peter Howell and Geoff Chapman
- 2 Sept 1995
Lukewarm review; includes
another comparison to Joni Mitchell.
review - Out - Sept 1995
Short and not too sweet.
review - Pulse - Scott Schinder - Sept 1995 - p. 111
Rather fickle review that
refers to Siberry's "expressively twisted lyrics."
review - Westnet Consumable Online Newsletter - Jamie
Roberts - Sept 1995
You Get It? The querulous tones and silken voice of Jane Siberry"
- Eye Weekly - Cindy McGlynn - 31 Aug 1995
that reviews Maria and reveals that "you leave
a conversation with Jane Siberry tasting the very air you
breathe" ... and the conversation takes place at a diner
review - Entertainment Weekly - David N. Meyer - 25
Even shorter and less sweet
than the one in Out.
Was All In Her Head ... So She Just Let It Out" -
Vancouver Sun - Katherine Monk - 24 Aug 1995 - p. C3
Brief but quirkily pleasant
review - The Toronto Globe and Mail - Simona Chiose
- 19 Aug 1995
Interview that lets Siberry
ruminate about technology and the making of Maria --
again in a diner called Mimi's.
review - The Rocket - Kevin Rexroat - 12-26 July 1995
Reluctant but ultimately
Siberry - Multimedia Musician?" - HotWired - Catherine
Bush - May 1995
Jane's forthrightness shines,
and she tells us "creativity is sacred." Includes
a picture and short sound clips.
review - JAM! - John Sakamoto - 1995
"another daunting work."
Astral Jane" - Rolling Stone - Carl Arrington - 21
Nice round summary of Jane's
work, childhood, and hair.
Has a Tough New Album With a Title to Explain" -
Philadelphia Inquirer - Dan DeLuca - Apr 1994
Siberry talks about her
background -- from childhood to the years before recording
When I Was A Boy.
Music: Jane Siberry" - Real Groove - Bettina Vine
- Mar 1994
Brief concert review that
tries to capture the magic of live Siberry.
Siberry: Angels and Software" - Real Groove - Nick
Bollinger - Feb 1994
Siberry talks about computers,
refrigerator magnets, and control.
Divine Miss S" - New Zealand Herald - Russell Baillie
- Feb 1994
Concert preview; Brian
Eno; Peter Gabriel; various When I Was a Boy topics.
transcript - Mixing It - Robert Sandall and Mark Russell
- Jan 1994
An interesting "caper
through a variety of styles", plus discussions of Brian
Eno, using your body as a compass, and lipstick.
review - Jay Kinney - Nov 1993
with an "It Ain't a Concert" concert and wonders
about Siberry's "cult artist" status. Seems a bit
homophobic near the end...?
Sides of Siberry" - Edmonton Journal - David Howell
- Fall 1993
Quirky vs. insightful;
and the experience of making When I Was A Boy.
in a Brave New Key" - McLeans - Nicholas Jennings
- 9 Aug 1993
discussion of When I Was A Boy; includes comments on
the battle between darkness and light and the distinction
between homoerotica and humanerotica. Oh, and Gabriel and
"Siberry's new album reveals boyhood dreams" - Halifax Herald - Tim Arsenault
- Aug 1993
that doesn't seem to have much of an opinion. But there was
a mention of Barney on the same page...
Siberry. This singer/songwriter has nothing to lose"
- Edmonton Sunday Sun - Mike Ross - Aug 1993
Jane comments on following
her instincts -- her "first voice" -- and on telling
Brian Eno to $#@!! off. And on whether she's gay.
Queen of Quirk: Jane Siberry Reaches the Snapping Point"
- Network - Perry Stern - Apr/May 1993 - Vol. 7 No. 2
More about the process
of making When I Was A Boy. Includes quotes from Rebecca
Jenkins and some excerpts from Brian Eno's letter to Jane.
Siberry - Rhyme and Seasons" - Melody Maker - Jim
Arundel - ??
Poetry and precision; the
thought behind Summer in the Yukon; looking back on
the journey from air to earth.
of Innocence and Androgyny" - The Guardian - May
of words; men and women and changes in the music business;
Siberry's goals for When I Was a Boy.
Is My Voice" - Canadian Musician - Howard Druckman
- Feb 1990
Bound by the Beauty
review; includes Jane's comments on feeling "very
secure at Warner Brothers."
Siberry, Canadian Woman" - Creem - Laura Fissinger
- Oct 1986
A very affectionate article;
Jane expresses her own affection for Monty Python and Albert
Milk of Human Kindness" - Creem - Oct 1986
A blurb about Buttermilk
Eccentric Charms of a Pop Poet" - Nicholas Jennings
- (e-mail me
if you know the source and date)
Covers the early years,
up to The Speckless Sky.