Magazine article The Fader

Jenny Wilson's Rhythm and Blues

Magazine article The Fader

Jenny Wilson's Rhythm and Blues

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Norwegian television show recently took jenny Wilson to a carpentry studio to film her performing "Wooden Chair," the first single from her new album, Hardships. To approximate the album's heaps of organized patter, the song's instruments were translated into dowels and rubber mallets. Before wandering the open room, Wilson sat with solid posture wearing a crooked beret and bright blue eye shadow. Both of my feet wanna march right out of the room, she sang. It's like a steaming fever and I don't feel fine/ I wanna leave you baby but our veins are entwined. When the song ended, she laughed.

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I listened to Jenny Wilson's albums in reverse chronological order, and to be totally honest, I wasn't really that into her first solo record. But she says her eight-year-old son likes that one better than the splendid Hardships. "He's not so impressed with my new album, actually. He was like 'l thought Love and Youth was much better,' and I was like, 'What the fuck are you telling your mama?"' It could be that he doesn't like the spotlight, as much of Hardships' lyrics focus on Wilson's personal difficulties and triumphs in motherhood. She's a Swedish Minnie Riperton, all sultry heartache and gritty fight. Love and Youth is a smooth, professional album, whereas Hardships blossoms because Wilson abandoned solid rock structure, letting clattering R&B narrate the songs.

Over the phone from Stockholm, Wilson sings the title line from Whitney Houston's 1999 single "It's Not Right But It's Okay," and cites that song's use of kalimba--a thumb piano--as inspiration. …

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