Finally Woken

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Universal acclaim- based on 29 Ratings

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  • Summary: Wales' Jem Griffiths makes her debut with this 11-track LP, which combines her vocals with downtempo electronica from Jem and collaborator Yoad Nevo, reminding critics of recent albums from Dido and Zero 7.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
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  1. The audio equivalent of a warm bubble bath.
  2. If this record has a problem, it's that it may be too cute for its own good.
  3. Q Magazine
    80
    The joyful whole has a depth and swagger that is as life-enhancing as popular music should be. [Mar 2005, p.100]
  4. Jem’s deadpan tones sound like a slightly huskier, sluttier Beth Orton, and while nothing quite matches the beguiling "They"... she strikes the odd thimbleful of gold.
  5. Jem is blessed not only with reedy pipes to rival Beth Orton's but also a sense of sonic humor.
  6. Overall, Jem's songcraft is only ambitious in relation to a genre often defined by a "blander is better" pleasure principle.
  7. With melodies like these, Jem could be singing lyrics like "Mentos, fresh and full of life" and you'd still never forget the tune. Indeed, upon closer inspection the words she does sing are not much better than a TV jingle.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. JoeS.
    Jul 4, 2008
    10
    I try not to use words filppantly, but this is great music.
  2. JamieK
    Jul 3, 2005
    10
    I completely love this album! Jem has replaced fellow brit Dido as my new favorite female singer! "Finally Woken" is brilliant! i recommend!
  3. AlinS
    Dec 10, 2006
    10
    This album is almost perfect! One of my favourites of all time!
  4. ChristineR
    Mar 31, 2004
    9
    her wispy, soulful voice, resonates such sensuality that is breaks your heart. And if you've ever had your heart broken, this is the her wispy, soulful voice, resonates such sensuality that is breaks your heart. And if you've ever had your heart broken, this is the type of music you would listen to to indulge in your tragedy and make it feel beautiful. Expand
  5. AlexejM
    Jul 8, 2005
    9
    Fantastic album! All songs are extremley catchy and worth listening, very solid pop album, probably the best pop album so far!
  6. ShockMaster
    Feb 24, 2005
    9
    well produced, catchy melodies, beautiful lush vocals; redundant at times with mediocre lyrics. as Jem's sound matures and takes more well produced, catchy melodies, beautiful lush vocals; redundant at times with mediocre lyrics. as Jem's sound matures and takes more direction, look for this downtempo/pop songstress to join the ranks of Dido Expand
  7. [Anonymous]
    Mar 10, 2005
    1
    Its not like this album is completely devoid of value... no wait... yes it is.

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