Jhelisa ‎– Language Electric

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
DOR056CD Jhelisa Language Electric(CD, Album) Dorado DOR056CD UK 1997 Sell This Version
AVTCD-95067 Jhelisa Language Electric(CD, Album) Avex Asia Ltd. AVTCD-95067 Hong Kong 1997 Sell This Version
3984-20364-2 Jhelisa Language Electric(CD, Album) Dorado 3984-20364-2 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
AVCJ-60043/B Jhelisa Language Electric(CD, Album, Enh + CD, Mini, Single) Jazz Not Jazz Records, Dorado AVCJ-60043/B Japan 1997 Sell This Version
DOR056 LP Jhelisa Language Electric(LP) Dorado DOR056 LP UK 1997 Sell This Version

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scoundrel

scoundrel

November 7, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
referencing Language Electric, CD, Album, DOR056CD

Jhelisa hits it out of the park with her second album, LANGUAGE ELECTRIC. No longer saddled with the limiting "acid jazz" tag (instead opting for the more traditional jazz on "Story of a Musician's Madness"), Jhelisa explores darker and more personal territory here. The title track blends a scratchy electric guitar with a funky bassline, but it's Jhelisa's own vocals that come clear each time. The aching beauty and piercing lyrics (about spousal abuse)of "Freedom from Pity" make the track seem authentically heartfelt. The same goes for the acoustic ballad about incest, "That's Bullshit Woody." On the flip side, the bracing harshness of "Sell Me Away" matches its equally disturbing subject matter -- the selling of child brides. The paranoid tell-off of "Everybody Jump Off" shows off the dark side of loneliness. The album is as diverse as it is personal: the classical string quartet instrumental "Bete Noire" manages not to sound contrived because it embodies Jhelisa's own eclectic nature. And that nature comes through loud and clear as her voice.