Jem - Finally Woken

Jem

Roll over Joss Stone - Penarth's Jem Griffiths has already conquered America on the quiet. Now she's coming here...
ATO: 11 October 2004

Last updated: 20 November 2008

Comparisons with Dido have already been bandied about rather indiscriminately, but Penarth's Jem is a rather more alluring proposition. For a start, she's well versed in the hip hop and breaks scene, and was a DJ at South Wales' acclaimed Hustler nights.

Tracklisting

  • They
  • Come On Closer
  • Finally Woken
  • Save Me
  • 24
  • Missing You
  • Wish I
  • Just A Ride
  • Falling For You
  • Stay Now
  • Flying High

Already her songs have caused a quiet storm in America, with appearances in The OC and Desperate Housewives - in 2004 she was the biggest British female debut artist in the States.

Kicking off with the dark paranoia of debut single They, Finally Woken is a genre-hopping music box full of audible riches.

Although Ms Griffiths' dolorous vocal style may not be to everyone's taste, the strength of songs such as the dub-fuelled Save Me, the Caribbean-esque Wish I and the daisy age title track never fails to shine through.

A promising beginning pointing the way to bigger things.

Words: Joe Goodden


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