Y’all how much we love ourselves some Jane Lui. And since the moment she began fundraising for her third record, we’ve been slobbering, aching, begging to hear her sweet voice singing some sleek new tunes.
Well, that moment is finally here! Lui’s self-released third and full-length LP, Goodnight Company, arrived just before the holidays and is basically the only thing I’ve listened to for two weeks. [You too can join in the fun by downloading the album off of her site for (!!!) for free.]
It’s only fitting that Goodnight Company should arrive just as the world rounds the corner into a new year and possibility-filled decade, as it reflects a fresh start, new chapter and tonal shift for the seasoned singer/songwriter. Lui has frequently lent her silky voice to moody ballads and soft, acoustic confessions, but she’s clearly transitioned into a more womanly self–one with a spark to her step, one with gutsy grit, one with little fear of her offbeat and unexpected sexiness.
“Jailcard” is the album’s first single, if you will, or certainly the most likely candidate for the role (see the official music video, and her funky smooves, above). The track showcases Lui’s finest qualities, notably refined–sophisticated lyrics, sultry technique, an impressive vocal range–enhanced with an infectious dance beat and and undeniable lightness.
But the song is in fine (ahem) company: the title track is my favorite indie-spirited chorus of the bunch, and is flanked by true gems in “New Jersey” (a strong R&B ode), “Southern Winds” (a dainty homage), “Perished” (a cool and breathy ballad), and an endearing cover of the iconic show tune “Edelweiss,” which dances gently and aptly between being surprisingly modern and respectfully classic.
Though Lui may have bid us all good night, this album feels quite a bit like an bright new awakening. So, so, so worth the wait.
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