Monday, May 24, 2010

here's Jenny

You may not realize it, but you know Jenny Berggren. She has sold more than 30 million albums as one quarter of the 90s, Swedish, pop powerhouse Ace Of Base.

Not much has been heard from ver Base over the last decade. They released a fantastic, greatest hits collection in 2009. Then, after a few false starts at an attempt to return to the charts, they called it a day.

Now, Jenny, the brunette songstress in the group, returns with "Here I Am", the first single from her forthcoming album.

It's a magnificent pop nugget. I especially love the change from the verse to the chorus and back. Very unexpected. Unabashedly Swedish. The chorus is totally uplifting. And the gritty, electronic funk production hides the fact that the song is a giant, towering slab of pop. In fact, it sounds quite a bit like an Ace Of Base song.

Check out the newly lensed vid. Keep your eyes peeled for Jenny's best Siouxsie Sioux impersonation.

Apparently, her album is Christian oriented. That throws up red flags for me. There's a big difference between inspirational songs and Bible thumping.

Thankfully, as "Here I Am" can attest, her material is more about optimism and empowerment. More Deepak Chopra than invoking the name of big Jesus. Amy Grant was responsible for setting that standard way back in 1991 with her crossover, breakthrough elpee, "Heart In Motion", a lovely, breezy longplayer which still gets a few spins on my old Victrola from time to time.

1 comment:


    I saw the sign, and it made my head asplode!!!

    <3 Jenny! Muchas Gracias!!!!!!!!