Jessie Baylin

Being “old school” can be either a compliment or a nasty put–down depending on who’s doing the talking. In the case of Jesse Baylin, the jersey girl turned Nashville singer/songwriter who is married to drummer Nathan Followill of the now-on-hiatus Kings of Leon, her new record Little Spark is a very savvy exercise in blending lots of obvious reference points, from Dusty Springfield to the classic girl groups of the 60’s, yet keeping the sound and attitude contemporary. With a sultry, ethereal delivery and an overall dreamy retro distinctness of Amy Winehouse—though the similarities end there—Baylin’s latest Little Spark is a giant leap forward from her first two records. Give her credit, just as Winehouse brought in Sharon Jones and the Daptone crew to back her on Back To Black, Baylin here tapped such old hands as Waddy Wachtel, Jim Keltner, Greg Leisz to play on certain tracks and famed arranger Jimmie Haskell who worked on albums like Simon and Garfunkle’s Bridge Over Troubled Waters and Bobbi Gentry’s Ode to Billie Joe to do strings and horns for several more. Haskell’s presence is immediately heard on the album’s one-two opening punch of “Hurry Hurry” and “Love is Wasted on Lovers,” which are two of, if not the two best, tunes Baylin’s ever co-written. Although she’s said in interviews that she didn’t want to make a retro record, there’s a sweet Brill building kind of vibe about this record that’s very appealing. And the collection of originals like the simple, lilting “I Feel That Too” is strong, though the record does begin to drift into tranquil sameness towards the end. But as far as creating your own artistic universe in the time it takes for 11 cuts to go by, to have a sound that’s consistent across the record and sticks in your head after it stops—Baylin’s spark is not little by any stretch.

deckeda's picture


Wait a sec --- is this copy from the print version, a record review? pasted here with no context? Confused. Hey, not a problem, I'm sure I'll figure it out eventually.

Also, here's a LINK to a couple of songs, maybe:

Work with us here, Bob. :)

In other news, according to her site this was released last week on CD, LP and iTunes.

kovan yarrum's picture

With all the hype about physical media being "dead" where is my FLAC download?

Let's see..mp3 available, vinyl, and CD.  Just as I thought.  Hot young artist...and no lossless download?

I just ordred the CD. Enough non sense about "discs are dead".

Until every young artists by default starts oferring lossless downloads, that will be a long time coming.