An Overview On Phenomenal Nature

Cassandra Jenkins - An Overview On Phenomenal Nature
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Based on 7 reviews
2021 Ratings: #7 / 109
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Based on 379 ratings
2021 Ratings: #8
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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.

Under The Radar

For all of its brainy machinations, what An Overview on Phenomenal Nature never forgets to do is make a human connection

Filled with people, stories, and dialogue, the New York songwriter’s second album flows like an emotional breakthrough, tying together disparate observations into a serene and unified vision.

Woodsist associate exercises admirable, compassionate restraint.

Lasting only an economic 33 minutes; on this form, she could pull off a double album.
It's a near-complete reimagining of the New York songwriter's sound; an iridescent folk-jazz odyssey dizzyingly rich with detail and craft. At only seven tracks, it feels as vast and accomplished as a record twice its length.
Beats Per Minute

The Ramble ... sums up the themes of Phenomenal Nature with ease; it’s an album about our fractured self conception and the ways we try to put it all back together.

2021 was a pretty mediocre year so far, but everything changed when I saw this release. "An Overview on Phenomenal Nature" is the second release by singer Cassandra Jenkins, and is a spectacular album.
The sensation I had while listening to this record was as if it had opened my head, poured honey on my brain and massaged. It is so delicate, melodic, consistent, that it is as if it takes you to another level, where there is no concern and you just need to delight in the wonderful ... read more
The most striking element about this record is how intimate she sounds: not in the sense that Cassandra is sharing with us her most personal and darkest secrets, but the fact that she's willing to tell us about the little things in her life – the three-legged dog, the security guard with a Queens' accent, or even the swift sound of children running and playing on the closing track. She's an observer, not a storyteller.
Built from soundscapes, conversations, and a loose saxophone, Cassandra Jenkins creates music that explores everyday feelings with acute clarity. With grand moments of lush instrumentation and quiet melodies that float in the air, Jenkins manages to create songs both intimate and expansive. The ultimate strength of the record is the way Jenkins can construct entire worlds through small interactions. The music feels mundane in a productive and energizing way; everything is an opportunity for ... read more
Tranquility is a very wild state of mind on the contrary of popular belief. The poetry is a catalyst from all that unexplored dimension, as a net being built by a spider the chaos can be meticulous and incisive, so be aware of your surroundings, you might get caught by the void the sucks everyone and everything.

Soft and illustrative, "An Overview on Phenomenal Nature" is a showcase of Cassandra Jenkins' brilliant, expository songwriting, as well as musical variety. We have some tasteful indie rock flavours on tracks like "Michelangelo" and "Hard Drive", more folky sound on "New Bikini", or "Crosshairs", and even the touch of ambient, revealing itself fully in the closing track. Everything bonded together by the ... read more
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Track List

  1. Michelangelo
  2. New Bikini
  3. Hard Drive
  4. Crosshairs
  5. Ambiguous Norway
  6. Hailey
  7. The Ramble
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Added on: January 6, 2021