[NEW RELEASES] BANKS
Jillian Banks sings that good and “Goddess’’ is easily and suddenly one of the best albums of the year.
Her luster-tinged voice is mature beyond her 26 years and it’s soulful and heart-wrenching in all the right places. Her pitch-perfect highs and husky whispers meld perfectly with top-shelf production ambience from SOHN on “Alibi’’ and Shlohmo on the catchy track “Brain.’’
Much of the success here is due to gorgeous down-tempo arrangements that set the stage for that voice. It’s all very cool and understated until BANKS hits her vocal stride and builds to a crescendo on “You Should Know Where I’m Coming From,’’ a tender requiem about going into a warts-and-all relationship with eyes wide open. Quite frankly it’s the most beautiful song I’ve heard this year. BANKS is the real deal and “Goddess’’ is a perfect and emotional debut effort. Come for the music. Stay for the pathos.