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  • Summary: The debut full-length solo release for Texas singer-songwriter Jana Horn was originally self-released in 2020.
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  1. Mojo
    Jan 27, 2022
    80
    Her songs sound simultaneously safe and familiar, yet strange and unknowable. [Feb 2022, p.89]
  2. Jan 27, 2022
    80
    Made for uncertain times, Optimism is funny, clever and elegant, but it’s not a record that seeks approval or constructs a tidy narrative.
  3. Jan 27, 2022
    75
    The album feels about five times larger with the inclusion of “Jordan,” its first single. Whereas the rest of the record sounds homey, “Jordan” surveys alien territory.
  4. Jan 27, 2022
    70
    Throughout these skeletal observations, Horn turns cryptic when she's about to give out more than she should—stressing ominous implications while using the mundane as a backdrop of her stories à la Raymond Carver, a writer she cites as an influence.