Jude Johnstone is a songwriter of the highest order; among the artists who have recorded her songs, we find names like Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt and Stevie Nicks. In addition, she belongs to the odd group of people on earth who have actually written a song with Bob Dylan. "Howlin 'at your window" is the name, and has to my knowledge only been sung by Tim Hockenberry.

Well, Shatter is a disc to get back to himself. So, I take it anyway. And Jude Johnstone makes it through to blow down all the house of cards that has been built up and dig your finger in the very deepest wounds. Like when you have a toothache and poke the tooth with your tongue just because it makes a little less painful. As in the opening and heartbreaking "Shatter", or the subsequent "What a fool," a scathing letter to the (ex) man: "Did you think your voice was soothing / just because your mouth was moving? '. Or ghostly "The underground man". Or Dr. John-like in "Touchdown Jesus." So where can you hold on?

The strange thing is that almost all the songs on Shatter makes you wonder if it is a cover of a classic song you have heard, but can not really remember who did the original. It is a good score on her songwriting - and many of the songs are sure to pop up on other artists' records to come. It is clean and distributes them when listening, because the songs are so clearly outlined and evoke further in some directions: For example "Alcohol" could be served to Bonnie Raitt, "When Does Love Get Easier?" To Stevie Nicks and " Your side of the bed "to ... well, anyone really. Greatest moment on the album is by the way, is "Your Side of the Bed" that stings of regret that still occurs after the required breakup.

The window is still wide open
The way that you liked it so
The time on the clock's still broken
Cause I don't want to know ...

Musically it's a varied album, it undulates between fresh styles and names that come to mind are Randy Newman, Lucinda Williams and Steve Earle. But most of all, it's Jude Johnstone to hear; she has her own voice, her own words spoken and she has something to tell. Jude Johnstone was discovered at one time by none other than Clarence "Big Man" Clemons. He would have been proud of Shatter.

Per Wiker

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