Jen Johnson is a confessional singer/songwriter with a soul of gold and a penchant for strong melodies and inventive chord progressions. Akin to Mary Lou Lord, Juliana Hatfield, Toshi Reagan, and Ani DiFranco, the youthful Johnson wears a perpetually broken heart on her sleeve. But you'd never know she's dying inside by the sexy harmonies and confident posture that filters through the title track or by the funky backbeat that bolsters the sustained counterpoint in "Barcelona." Rounding off this mini disc with the alternative folk gem "Static" and the infectious jangle pop anthem "Shy," Sleeping With the Lights On is an excellent primer for an emerging talent.
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AllMusic Review by Tom Semioli