Before their 1994 major-label debut with A&M, Bringing on the Weather, Jackopierce released the indie album Woman as Salvation just a few months earlier. The acoustic duo began to develop a full-band sound by collaborating with other local musicians, such as David Garza, who contributed some production work, as well as playing tambourine and singing backup. Cary Pierce and Jack O'Neill would also utilize drums, bass, and electric guitar on their second LP. Standout tracks include the debut of two of their most beloved songs, "Vineyard" and "Please Be Nice to Me," as well as live favorite "My Baby." The definitive version of "Please Be Nice to Me" is on the live album Live From the Americas. Woman as Salvation was an artistic breakthrough for Jackopierce and is significantly better than their solid debut, Jackopierce. For anyone who came to be a fan after the band signed with a major and toured with the HORDE festival, the two indie Jackopierce albums are essential. Start with Woman as Salvation, as it will likely have songs you are familiar with from concerts, or 1998's greatest hits collection, Decade 1988-1998.
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AllMusic Review by JT Griffith