Jessica Pratt – On Your Own Love Again
Perhaps unsurprisingly for a San Franciscan, Jessica Pratt is well at home in the late 1960s and early 1970s. With a close-miked wooziness, On Your Own Love Again is full of fragile vocals, lovely chord changes, and just a hint of patchouli oil. Somewhat disconcertingly, the album seems to start half way through. It’s as if you’ve arrived slightly late to the gig. Certainly, there’s no apparent meta-structure to the musical narrative. Just song after song. In the end they all start to blend together. The slightly sweet smell in the air kicks in. And you’re away. Lovely. But there are little conceits. On ‘Jacquelyn in the Background’ the home-taped vibe is so strong that there seems to be some genuine tape flutter at times. It makes for a really nice effect. And, in fact, the album does come to a natural conclusion with the short title track. On Your Own Love Again is redolent of a certain era, but it has a timeless quality to it.