Siberry finds her voice on latest release
Jane Siberry (Reprise)
from the Kingston Whig-Standard - 7 Oct 1995
by Greg Burliuk
Jane Siberry has finally found the musical idiom which suits
her perfectly. In the past, Siberry has sounded child-like, trying to
marry her winsome, quirky lyrics and wispy voice with pop music lyrics.
But on her first album since 1993, the Toronto singer has dipped into
stream-of-consciousness jazz with the help of some killer musicians.
Even that doesn't prepare you for the album's finale: After
nine songs and a two-minute silence, Oh My, My takes 20 minutes to hear.
It's different even by Siberry's standards. She drops the little girl
voice and sings like a strong, passionate woman -- although woven into
the lyrics are children's stories like Puff, The Magic Dragon and Mary
Had A Little Lamb. It's one of the most powerful pieces of music I've
heard this year.
Elsewhere Siberry indulges in pieces of whimsy, backed by the
jazz music which serves as a backdrop, rather than a carrier of the
melody. This is not a loud album but one for thinkers and those who
like to be caught up in the mood of an album.