Reviews

JENNIFER SAXELL IS BACK! It’s been almost 25 years since Canadian multi-artist Jennifer Saxell landed in the southern Swedish province of Skåne. In Canada, with Vancouver as her base, Jennifer toured and performed her folk/country/pop and shared stages with artists like k.d Lang and Emmylou Harris. In recent years Jennifer has been more prominent as a visual artist, but I have continually missed her music and unique voice (as well as her own material she released a fantastic Americana version of Eve of Destruction). Now she’s back and I feel (in spite of the title!) happy when I hear her latest comeback release - original composition The Saddest Day, recorded in Nashville and in the home studio on Österlen, produced by husband Michael Saxell.

Jennifer has a warm sensuous voice, a combination of pop and country, as exciting as the new country singers coming out of East Nashville right now. - Olle Berggren - journalist/music critic - Expressen, Kvällsposten

She has created her own style – somewhere between cocky neo-country, charming pop and slowburning soul – and applied it to finely crafted songs with a voice that is proud, sensual and saturated with intimacy...

Lennart Persson - music journalist, Arbetet/Sydsvenskan/Expressen

Jennifer Saxell, who for the past few years has been devoting her time to her visual art, is making a comeback as ”song-poet” with the single ”The Saddest Day”. Excellent on all fronts - vocals, recording and composition. In a word: worldclass. Both song and vocals stand up to any song by any artist in the country/folk/rock genre. Listen for yourself on Spotify and let’s hope for a live concert soon!

Bengt Eriksson - Freelance arts-journalist, music critic, author

....her musicality combines with American folk, rock, pop (and a hint of jazz). Her songs have few and simple but well placed chords making them original and personal, totally her own. She performs them with a voice that must be one of the best in Sweden (perhaps in her native country as well). Håkan Olsson - Rootsy.nu

Summer concert/Krukmakaregården Ystad...

A beautiful night for the soul…

One of the great things about this job is that once in a while I get to discover something new that makes me feel good right down to my soul. I’ve never heard Jennifer Saxell sing, Thursday night was the first time...

...Above all it is her lyrics that capture the listener...artful commentaries on all sides of life….she sings about suicide and about how a woman might murder an unbearable husband as well as how wonderful true love and falling in love are - with urgency and conviction, but also with much warmth and humour. Her encore song performance gave goosebumps and brought tears to my eyes.

What a wonderful evening! - Robert Dahlstörm, Arts Editor

...a voice like mother-of-pearl: clear and expressive, simultaneously strong and vulnerable. She writes and sings with a complete woman's entire voice. Her lyrics are written from a feminine perspective - full of love and longing,ill-tempered and angry - to melodies so immediate. As a songwriter/lyricist she ranks high in the highest of classes, as a vocalist... world class, no less...

Bengt Eriksson - Freelance arts-journalist, music critic, author

Summer concert/Sövde Amphitheater...Jennifer Saxell provided the musical high point of the evening. Amidst the other charming, down-home offerings Jennifer's material provided a much needed poetic and musical excitement. Like a fusion between Sophie Zelmani och Laleh, Jennifer effectively wove brittleness and beauty with a dramatic nerve that left one wanting for more...

- Michael Högberg/Ystads Allehanda

Daisy Roulette…a tastefully produced, intimate album one can listen to for the individual players’ contributions alone. But one can listen – and smile – even more so to Jennifer’s songs, with themes running from happy-in-love to treacherously murderous. And her expressive vocals…clear and understated, timid without becoming overly sentimental. Of course it doesn’t hurt that [her] sense of melody, on tracks like All In Your Head or Shine the Sun for example, could send any radio producer over the moon…’

- Lars Thulin, music critic