Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Firesight makes good on the critical praise and grass-roots fan support that's already been heaped upon 24-year-old Jessie Baylin. The2008 album offers a vibrant, soulful showcase for her talents as both an uncommonly insightful songwriter and a deeply expressive, effortlessly charismatic vocalist. Recorded in the artist's recently adopted hometown of Nashville with noted producer Roger Moutenot (Yo La Tengo, Rogue Wave), Firesight features contributions from some of Nashville's most respected rock players, and songwriting collaborations with such notable co-writers as Whiskeytown member Mike Daly and grammy-winning songwriter/performer Jesse Harris, L.A. Troubadour Zack Hexum and the Rembrandts' Danny Wilde.
Personnel: Jessie Baylin (vocals); Joe Pisapia (guitar, pedal steel guitar); Pat Buchanan (guitar); Ryan Norris (keyboards); James "Hags" Haggerty (bass guitar); Scott Martin (drums).
It's not often that the terms "singer-songwriter" and "urban" mentioned in the same sentence, but Jessie Baylin's major-label debut may change that. On one hand, Baylin continues the tradition of earthy,emotive singer-songwriters such as Joni Mitchell and Paula Cole, but her music has also been impacted by the sleek, jazz- and R&B-inspired sounds of the city. With her heartfelt, rootsy vocal delivery and Roger Moutenot's accomplished, sophisticated production, Baylin will no doubt appeal to fans of Norah Jones and P.J. Harvey (in her mellower mode).