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Jesse Harris & the Ferdinandos-The Secret Sun (Blue Thumb)

At this point Jesse Harris is best known for writing songs for the smash debut album by Norah Jones - in particular the smash hit single "Don't Know Why."  Well, in the first album by Harris and his band if you're expecting more sweet jazzy grooves like that, prepare to be surprised.  In fact, musically The Secret Sun is very far from the feel Harris helped to cultivate on Come Away With Me.  The Secret Sun has much more of a country folk pop feel. 

Harris has a scratchy voice that brings out the details of the lyrics.  "Just A Photograph" has a lovely burnished country feel, all gentle picking and mournful bass.  The title track has a gentle Bleecker Street folk vibe reminiscent of early Dylan or Paul Simon.  Yet, he can turn up the instrumental power on the plaintive pop of "All My Life." 

His famous friend Norah returns the favor for his help on her album with a lovely vocal turn on "What Makes You," and backing vocals on "If You Won't."  The delicately desolate acoustic ballad "How?" feels like a confession whispered across a bed.  This is even stronger as it is followed up by the locomotive folk pop of "You Were On My Mind."

Unlike so many people known mostly as a songwriter, Harris is an appealing frontman.  His voice may not be technically perfect, but it fits the intimate charm of the music he writes.  The Ferdinandos are a strong backing unit. 

This album really surprised me.  In a good way, though...  (6/03)

Alex Diamond

Copyright 2003 PopEntertainment.com. All rights reserved. Posted: September 28, 2003.

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Copyright 2003 PopEntertainment.com. All rights reserved. Posted: September 28, 2003.