Album review: JADEA KELLY – Clover

Jadea Kelly - Clover

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Jadea (pronounced Jay-da) Kelly is an emerging Canadian artist whose 2010 independently released Eastbound Platform album saw her nominated for ‘new emerging artist’ in the Canadian Folk Music Awards.  And believe me, there’s some fierce competition in that category.

But back on home soil, at least, she’s perhaps best known for her vocal and recording work with such diverse acts as Canadian folk artist Catherine MacLellan and metal rockers Protest The Hero (Kezia, 2005, and Scurrilous, 2011).

However, her latest offering – recorded at the Woodhead Studio in Toronto, in analog to 2-inch tape by producer Stew Crookes – sees a very significant shift in musical emphasis; ambient guitars, melancholy organ pads and orchestrated string arrangements combined with an aching vocal deliver.

The result is a musical marriage of Lana Del Rey and The Cardigans Nina Persson, with the odd hint of Marcella Detroit.  It may not have the sweeping iconic 1950′s lyrical imagery of Del Rey, but that’s compensated by the accompaniment the almost indie folk infused style of pop that The Cardigans perfected.

It’s a potent combination – Jadea’s sultry, seductive vocals providing the gentlest of caresses, floating over a subtle tapestry of ambient pop.  If you wanted a single word to describe it, that word would be ‘cool’.  ***1/2

Review by Pete Whalley


In his show broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on 10 May David Randall played a further selection of artists and albums included in the new Features series, “2020 Vision”.


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