JACKIE GREENE

Giving Up the Ghost

2008-03-05

In Giving Up the Ghost, you’ll hear the influence of four out of five genres WYCE plays. Folk, blues, jazz, rock—all in one CD, all seamlessly integrated. Jackie Greene’s experienced, talented backing band and good production make the CD that much smoother and more interesting with each listen. As a songwriter, Jackie Greene is competent and maturing. What a couple songs lack in lyrical brilliance, they make up for in heart and energy (“Like a Ball and Chain”), and they certainly don’t make the record falter. A song like “Downhearted” gives one the impression that Greene is world weary at too young an age, although the album offers hints of hope at unexpected times. Everything written about Jackie Green seems to include the words “rising star.” Writers will continue to use the words in reviews of Giving Up the Ghost.

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