wonder if anybody ever thinks Danielle Egnew
is Pope Jane, in the way
that people confuse Ian Anderson (the man) with
Jethro Tull (his band).
They would certainly be justified. Not to diminish
the role and input of
Pope Jane bassist Holly Jerke and drummer Kristen
Coyner, but in addition to lead and (prominent)
background vocals, Egnew played guitar and keyboards,
did the sequencing and basically wrote t he
entire new Pope Jane album, Industry Whore.
arranged, mixed, produced and mastered it at
Crowded Livingroom Studio (I wonder whose living
room?). Oh I almost forgot, album art design
and layout by Ms. Egnew. This is one talented
are lots of folks to thank in the liner notes,
but Jerry Mathers as
the Beaver is the only one I've ever met (after-show
party at a
Heart/Nightranger show). Pope Jane have a loyal
following who I'm sure are thrilled this album
is finally out.
recognized a few songs from having heard them
live, like the opening
track "Forgive Myself" and the infamous
"Chicken Song", but most of it is
new to me. If it were not for Egnew's unmistakable
voice, much of the
material would be barely recognizable as Pope
Jane songs. I find it more interesting than
last year's "Hide Me from the Moon."
Egnew's creative arranging and production make
statement here. The music at times ventures
into techno pop with "Been
There, Done That" and "Shut the Hell
Up", while instrumentals "Mayonnaise"
and "Clean Up" range almost into TexMex
and electronica (the latter is my favorite track).
immediate nature of the material is evidenced
by the inclusion of
tracks 9 through 11 specifically to honor the
9-11-01 victims. A Middle
Eastern-flavored version of Mallotes' "The
Lord's Prayer" is Track 9, "We Call
It Home" follows and the aforementioned
"Clean Up" is the 11th track.
Whore is quite an achievement for this Billings,
which may ironically find some industry interest
after this not so subtle
nose-thumbing project in the music industry's
direction. To hear some of it yourself, go to