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Classic Album Review: Molly Johnson | Molly Johnson

The former Infidels singer makes an unforgettable debut as a jazzy pop balladeer.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Perhaps you remember Molly Johnson from her rockin’ days with Toronto’s Infidels. Perhaps not. Either way, you’ll find her pretty unforgettable in her new incarnation as a jazzy pop balladeer.

In a lightly smoky, nasal voice that at times recalls Billie Holiday, Johnson leads a contemporary combo through a set of eloquent, elegant originals that range stylistically from noirish torch ballads to flowing folk-hop to lumpy Tom Waits boho rebop. Historic bonus: The Fats Wallerish gem Long Wave Goodbye features one of violinist Stéphane Grappelli’s final recorded performances. Good golly!