I’ve been listening to Seattle-based singer-songwriter Jen Wood since I was in high school. At that point Jen had already been making feminist and indie oriented acoustic music for years, notably with the riot grrrl related Tattle Tale (which also featured Madigan on cello). I remember being so inspired by Wood’s song writing that I painstakingly typed out the lyrics to her song “Bullet Box” and taped them onto the cover of my math folder, along with the photo from the cover of Wood’s album Getting Past the Static. When I got the chance to see her play live (I think at 17 Nautical Miles in Portland, if memory serves? How’s that for the 90’s! That’s old-skool Todd P. right there) and dorkily had her sign her CD for me.
I was pleasantly surprised to hear that Jen Wood has a new album out and excited that I got the chance to review it for Venus Zine. It’s more full band oriented than her older albums and she’s reduced the length of her songs from about 6 minutes average to 4 minutes. These are both very positive changes! Read the full review of her album on Venus Zine’s website here.