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Gardner/James - No Strings


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New song 'Don't Turn Me Away'.

From Frontiers:

Iconic duo Janet Gardner and Justin James return with their brand new album, entitled No Strings, which will be available through Pavement Entertainment. No Strings is the follow-up to the duo's 2020 album, Synergy. In the two years since the release of Synergy, Gardner and James went to work crafting their most exciting and memorable release to date. No Strings grabs the listener from the thumping anthemic opener “I’m Livin’ Free.” From the bluesy ballad “No Strings” to the rowdy closer “Drink,” No Strings has something for everyone!Gardner says, “Justin and my work flow has become so effortless that the creative process never gets bogged down in the technical aspects until it comes time to mix and master.

Justin’s determination to bring this album to the next level, sonically, has had the biggest impact on this release.”James says, “I’m so proud of what Janet and I have created with No Strings. From the first chord recorded to the last note sung, No Strings is a piece of who we are.”
 
Known for being the lead vocalist of the legendary female rock band Vixen, Janet Gardner’s powerful vocals propelled Vixen to the top of the Billboard charts with crossover hits “Edge of a Broken Heart” and “Cryin'.” Justin James has worked as a guitarist/songwriter/producer with members of Staind, Collective Soul, and Tyketto. Together, Janet and Justin have penned a collection of emotionally charged songs with gritty grooves, infectious hooks, and inspired lyrics that merge hard rock influences from the last four decades.
 
Tracklisting:
1. I’m Living Free
2. Turn The Page
3. 85
4. No Strings
5. Don’t Turn Me Away
6. Set Me Free
7. Hold On To You
8. Into The Night
9. I’m Not Sorry
10. You’ll See
11. She Floats Away
12. Drink
 
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Anyone else enjoying the songs on this one but wondering what the balls happened to Janet's voice in the space of a couple of years? There's some really good songs here, like 'I'm not sorry' and the like, but I have to say it - and it pains me, as a fan - that Janet sounds terrible. Really bad. But she sounded okay on the last album, and when I saw her live a few years ago. What happened?

Anyone else feeling this about the new album? 

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11 hours ago, Geoff said:

Anyone else enjoying the songs on this one but wondering what the balls happened to Janet's voice in the space of a couple of years? There's some really good songs here, like 'I'm not sorry' and the like, but I have to say it - and it pains me, as a fan - that Janet sounds terrible. Really bad. But she sounded okay on the last album, and when I saw her live a few years ago. What happened?

Anyone else feeling this about the new album? 

I haven't really kept up with her work in the last several years, but yes. Her voice is in stark contrast to what I remember. When I first heard it, I had to double check to make sure it was the same Janet Gardner.

That said, I'm a big fan of Justin James's guitar work.

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Agree with Geoff. Some really good songs on the album but the singer's voice just spoils everything. 

Reminds me of the singer from the band Dreamacy. 

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