Jen Chapin

Ready

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Maybe the title alludes to the fact that she's ready to be taken as a serious artist in her own right, separate from the legacy of her late father Harry Chapin or uncle Tom Chapin--and with this release, that should be the case. Jen Chapin's crystalline soprano intones articulate lyrics about love, life in the city, and new motherhood, over a musically diverse palette that includes funk ("Strip it Bare"), straight-up folk ("Let it Show"), and scatty jazz ("NYC"). Her acoustic backing band lends an easy, live-in-the-living-room feel, propelled by upright bassist Stephan Crump's juicy playing.

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