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Classic Album Review: Jann Arden | Love Is The Only Soldier

Home is where the art is on the Alberta singer-songwite's fifth studio full-length.


This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Home is obviously where Jann Arden’s heart lies.

The roots-pop balladeer recorded part of her latest album — and first self-produced effort — down in her basement, clad in her pajamas, aided and abetted by her touring band. That sense of intimacy permeates nearly every aspect of Love Is The Only Soldier, from the glistening melodies, the blanket-like warmth of the production and the unpretentious honesty of the performances down to the hand-written packaging that feels like a personal letter from Jann. Which, in a very real way, is what this album actually is. These 10 songs, like most of Arden’s catalogue, are open-hearted tales of yearning and loss, delivered directly from the innermost part of her soul with all the emotion her soaring, rich voice can summon. Sure, sometimes you wish Arden’s music possessed more of the whipsmart wit she displays on stage and in interviews. But while you’re listening the gorgeous melancholy and tasteful artiness of tracks like If You Loved Me, Not Saying Goodbye and Only One, it’s impossible not to surrender to Arden’s Soldier.


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