The Jardines stay true to country-pop on Someone’s Stolen Tuesday
Someone’s Stolen Tuesday (Independent)
If you’ve missed having a mother-daughter country-pop duo in your life ever since the Judds called it a day, meet the Jardines. Cherelle’s the mom, Ajaye is her offspring, and the two are now on their second album. It’s obvious that they and their collaborators—especially keyboardist Marc Gladstone, who coproduced Someone’s Stolen Tuesday with Cherelle—put a lot of time and effort into these 11 songs.
The writing, it must be said, isn’t going to stun anyone with its originality. The Jardines aren’t above wearing their influences on their sleeve, and are even guilty of a few uncredited borrowings. In “You’re No Good for Me”, for example, Gladstone plays a piano part that repeatedly incorporates the melody of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “My Favorite Things” (yes, that song from The Sound of Music). Elsewhere, “Blame It on the Kiss” inexplicably lifts the bridge from Hot Chocolate’s “You Could Have Been a Lady” (albeit in the style of April Wine’s version), and Ajaye’s “Torn” features a chorus that’s a little too reminiscent of the Natalie Imbruglia hit with the same title.
Even so, the sound is lush and full throughout, and with a little more polish and a few more hooks, the Jardines could conceivably slip into rotation on CMT. Or wherever this sort of thing gets played.