In Jane’s World, Moncton, N.B.-based Krista D takes on the role of producer on her long-awaited sophomore release. But before even hearing a note from Jane’s, I was damn excited about the release because she recorded with local guitar/bass virtuoso Chris Colepaugh. So I was disappointed to hear that Krista D failed to fully use Colepaugh’s talents, but in retrospect, there really is no need for huge dramatic solos on simpler, alternative pop with moments of ska and rock.
However, on harder-edged rock tracks like “Hi My Name is…,” “Run Jane Run,” and the single “Extraordinary” it sounds like Krista D is just a bit out of her element — especially with her over-dramatic lyrics. But on the soft rocker “Hush (Like a Child)” she manages to channel Alanis Morissette in her Jagged Little Pill-era.
While most of the rock tracks are just so-so, it would be interesting to see Krista move toward a more pop-acoustic rock forum — as two of her strongest tracks “Clearly” and “Nursery Crimes” don’t limit her powerful lyrical content (from domestic and child abuse to the wonder of love) and showcase her gorgeous, uplifting vocals.
For someone with Krista D’s strong ideals (as she writes in the liner notes: “A big no thanks to… women that use their bodies to sell music”) it’s hard not to back her up. But Krista D is in fact one of Canada’s most promising young singers, who has a passion writing deep, meaningful lyrics and catchy rock melodies to boot. (Pumpk’n Patch Records)