Jessica Lee Morgan – Around the Block
It’s been a good few years since her debut album back in 2010 and during that time Jessica Lee Morgan has, amongst other things, been touring with her father Tony Visconti in the ‘super group’ Holy Holy alongside the likes of Woody Woodmansey (Spiders From Mars) and Glenn Gregory (Heaven 17).
That experience seems to have given Jessica more confidence, a strong sense of purpose and a definite view as to how she wanted this album to sound. Seeking a more organic feel lead her to record in a variety of places whilst on the move including her own mobile recording studio. This gives ‘Around the Block’ a loose, home grown edge and a much more stripped back production than her first album. This increasing confidence manifests itself on songs such as the feisty “Sorry Not Sorry” and the excellent “I Am Not” which tackles labelling of minorities and features some seriously tasty guitar from Paul Cudderford (Holy Holy, Ian Hunter, Bob Geldof). There are also some fine ballads such as “You Get What You Deserve” and a number of classic sounding acoustic pop songs including “Waiting To Leave” which is the lead single and stand out song on the album.
The intention for this album was to achieve a stripped back, uncluttered sound. However, there are a number of songs such as “This is my love song to you” and the afore mentioned “Waiting To Leave” which would be worth considering for a full band arrangement, possibly with strings and a big studio production.
Overall this album demonstrates that Jessica Lee Morgan has made that difficult transition from being ‘daughter of’ to being recognised as an artist in her own right; a talented song writer and excellent live performer.