On and Off the Record
By Chris Jay and Bennett Cornell 07/03/2013
Rain Perry, Ojai’s favorite female singer-songwriter slash supermom (best known for her song “Beautiful Tree,” which was used as the theme song for the TV show Life Unexpected) is back with her latest release, Men. The 10-song, fan-funded affair finds the songstress in a reflective mood, musing on relationships and life. The excellent lead track, “Get in the Car,” possibly Perry’s most commercial pop-rock song to date, is reminiscent of the Go-Go’s, but the rest of the record heads into introspection, which is where Perry seems the most comfortable. Songs like “Done,” “Happily Ever After” and the achingly beautiful Robert Earl Keen cover, “Then Came Lo Mein,” showcase Perry’s Feist-like mellow and honest delivery. Commercial potential abounds; Perry can easily lay claim to being one of the best songwriters in the area.
— Chris Jay
Available Aug. 6, rainperry.com
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