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  • Summary: The second full-length solo release for the New York folk artist was produced by Josh Kaufman.
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  • Record Label: Ba Da Bing Records
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Folk
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Feb 19, 2021
    90
    Her songwriting talent and willingness to experiment was already evident on 2017's Play 'til You Win, but the perfect balance of exploration and poignancy on Overview make it a significant step forward for her.
  2. Feb 19, 2021
    90
    These songs are like aloe vera and St. John’s wort, all natural and healing. Though none of them are exactly happy, you find yourself relaxing into them, letting things go, breathing deeper and feeling measurably more able to go on with whatever’s next. ... It’s going to be one of the best records of 2021.
  3. Feb 26, 2021
    85
    For all of its brainy machinations, what An Overview on Phenomenal Nature never forgets to do is make a human connection. Jenkins puts herself central to the story and provides the vulnerability to be the patient whose body needs healing hands placed upon it.
  4. Feb 19, 2021
    80
    Jenkins' winding writing is cerebral and referential, nearly every song capable of opening a Wikipedia rabbit hole. However, much like Norwegian art-pop virtuoso Jenny Hval, she works wonders in the place between heart and mind; her intellectualism is never overbearing, instead revealing a dedication to explaining the unexplainable.
  5. Mojo
    Feb 19, 2021
    80
    Lasting only an economic 33 minutes; on this form, she could pull off a double album. [Apr 2021, p.84]
  6. Uncut
    Feb 19, 2021
    80
    "Hard Drive," meanwhile adds spoken word and Bogie's swirling saxophone to a touching tale of psychic recovery, before "The Ramble" concludes with pretty pastel drones. [Mar 2021, p.31]
  7. Feb 22, 2021
    79
    The sound of Phenomenal Nature, too, is both fractured and coherent, as Jenkins has expanded from a simple guitar-bass-drums set up to include violins, saxophones, and synths in her compositions. At its best, all these instruments cohere into a delicate drone, a shimmering thing that sounds like an infinity pool: no edges, just a reflective surface.

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  1. Feb 25, 2021
    10
    Lovely album and storytelling. Makes you think about life. The song Hard Drive is absolutely perfect and the saxophone used throughout theLovely album and storytelling. Makes you think about life. The song Hard Drive is absolutely perfect and the saxophone used throughout the album is absolutely compelling Expand
  2. Feb 20, 2021
    10
    really nice makes you think about your life. Hard drive is 100% the peak of the album and a strong contender for SOTY
  3. Feb 25, 2021
    9
    Second album "An Overview On Phenomenal Nature" by US songwriter Cassandra Jenkins goes through the expansion stages, acquiring many imagesSecond album "An Overview On Phenomenal Nature" by US songwriter Cassandra Jenkins goes through the expansion stages, acquiring many images and references, monotonous dialogues turning into a mixture of drums and electric guitars, it looks like something meaningful and voice, the singer fully illustrates her feelings and emotions, and also shows her attitude to the world through the prism of melancholy and atmosphere Expand