The audience that KJ Denhert and Adam Falcon had in mind when they wonder twinned it for their album The Songwriter’s Notebook, did not have me in it.
Seems the two were "destined to meet" (it says so in the liner notes, so’s it’s got to be true) with the flavors of folk and jazz mixing into a nice, sweet confection. For those looking for a sweet tooth to feed, these guys deliver the candy. There may be more folk in the mix than jazz, though Denhert’s vocals are supposed to be the jazz flavoring. It’s more the pop jazz end of things, as she favors a smooth style with occasional inflected grit. Falcon provides the singer/songwriter element. Again it’s more Gordon Lightfoot than Bobby Dylan, marking a more pop path. Together, it combines the light flavors of both, mostly without effort. There’s a heartfelt earnestness here, a real attempt to connect. I imagine this combo would go down sweet at the local coffee shop, taking the 9 to 5 grind out of the minds of the folk gathered about slowly sucking their cappuccinos.
If you like smooth, easy on the ears sounds, this is your gig. To those who enjoy it, particularly those in the Starbuck’s army, the jazzy vocals and folk strumming will be a panacea of sorts. There’s an experience to be had here of soothe balm and sleeves with untattered emotions. Those of us wanting a scorched earth existential kick need look elsewhere.