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April 11, 1998 | BILL HOLDSHIP
Bittersweet pop melodies and crisp production make this third release from the Canadian singer-songwriter her strongest yet. The introspective lyrics seem woefully overwrought at times, but Arden's beautiful music and voice remain compelling throughout. Only misfire: a faithful yet faithless version of Lulu's "To Sir With Love," which never made much sense out of context in the first place.
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April 11, 1998 | BILL HOLDSHIP
Bittersweet pop melodies and crisp production make this third release from the Canadian singer-songwriter her strongest yet. The introspective lyrics seem woefully overwrought at times, but Arden's beautiful music and voice remain compelling throughout. Only misfire: a faithful yet faithless version of Lulu's "To Sir With Love," which never made much sense out of context in the first place.
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August 1, 1996 | BUDDY SEIGAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jann Arden isn't one to mince words. After years of paying her dues on the fringes of the music scene, the Canadian singer-songwriter is starting to get a foothold with American audiences via the hit pop ballad "Insensitive." But she keenly remembers the lean years with a mixed sense of amusement and twisted pride.
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August 2, 1996 | CHUCK CRISAFULLI
Canadian singer-songwriter Jann Arden has been touring in support of her album "Living Under June" for the last year and a half, and on Wednesday at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre it was clear that the time spent with that material has paid off. She's got a hit single, "Insensitive," and a powerful ability to connect with her audience.
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August 2, 1996 | CHUCK CRISAFULLI
Canadian singer-songwriter Jann Arden has been touring in support of her album "Living Under June" for the last year and a half, and on Wednesday at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre it was clear that the time spent with that material has paid off. She's got a hit single, "Insensitive," and a powerful ability to connect with her audience.
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July 13, 1996
Coming to the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano: Jann Arden on Aug. 2 (this show replaces HANK, which has been postponed indefinitely); Squeeze unplugged on Aug. 9; Stan Ridgway on Aug. 23 and Sonny Landreth on Sept. 25. Coming to the Galaxy in Santa Ana: Brenda Russell on Oct. 12. All the shows go on sale today.
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June 10, 1995 | JEAN ROSENBLUTH
** Jann Arden, "Living Under the Sun," A&M. Try as you might, you can't keep your mind from wandering while listening to this Canadian's second album. It's not awful--Arden's relaxed vocals have a modest charm, and the lyrics are occasionally clever. It's just not quite as spunky as the Indigo Girls or as earnest as Jackson Browne, who guests unremarkably on "Unloved." Arden headlines the Troubadour on Tuesday (with the aforementioned Ron Sexsmith opening).
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June 15, 1995 | STEVE HOCHMAN
O Canada. The nation to the north--which in the past gave us Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen and Neil Young--has recently been spitting out singer-songwriter talent again. Two of the newer ones, Jann Arden and Ron Sexsmith, performed at the Troubadour on Tuesday and didn't let the musical Maple Leaf sag. Of the two, cherubic mop-top Sexsmith--performing both solo and with a sharp, two-piece rhythm section--offered the far more arresting set.
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June 8, 1997 | Steve Hochman
Ani DiFranco--the new Celine Dion? DiFranco, the folk-pop maverick who has steadfastly held to both her feminist stance and indie-label approach to the music business, has indeed side-stepped into Dion territory. The critical darling has recorded a pop song touting "traditional" romantic values for a major film . . . the very kind of thing that swept Dion to the top of the charts last year. "Yeah, that's me!" says DiFranco, giggling when asked about the Dion comparison.
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January 14, 1999 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Weekend movies include a "Wonderful World of Disney" drama about the civil rights movement and the network TV premiere of the Oscar-winning "Dead Man Walking." Jurnee Smollett and Yolanda King, the daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., star in "Selma, Lord, Selma," Sunday at 7 p.m. on ABC. The "Wonderful World of Disney" drama chronicles the 1965 freedom march for African American voter rights.
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August 1, 1996 | BUDDY SEIGAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jann Arden isn't one to mince words. After years of paying her dues on the fringes of the music scene, the Canadian singer-songwriter is starting to get a foothold with American audiences via the hit pop ballad "Insensitive." But she keenly remembers the lean years with a mixed sense of amusement and twisted pride.
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May 16, 1998 | JOHN ROOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Contrary to what NBC would have us believe, not everyone spent Thursday night bidding adieu to the "Seinfeld" gang. OK, so roughly 76 million viewers did, but a little concert at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa attracted some attention too. About 2,100 people turned out to see Canadian songbird Anne Murray, who was well aware of her competition. Early in her nearly two-hour show, she quipped: "Now, does everyone have their VCR going at home? C'mon, sure you do. . . .
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December 30, 1996 | PATRICIA BRENNAN, THE WASHINGTON POST
How many New Year's Eves have you spent watching the sparkling ball descend in New York City's Times Square with the ubiquitous Dick Clark? It's not that you haven't got a life, of course. Sometimes you've done the countdown surrounded by people at somebody's party. Perhaps you've been with your sweetie, just the two of you. Or you've been surrounded by strangers watching a TV at a restaurant or club.
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