Nina Jayne - No Ordinary Pain
An eclectic sound for an eclectic lady, 22 year old Nina Jayne has taken influences from far a field as Kate Bush and Joni Mitchell to Alicia Keys and Mary J. Blige, where the product, the EP title track, No Ordinary Pain has taken the form of a story about the homeless in the shape of an urban pop song.
In a complete U-turn, the second song, Get Up sees Jayne’s repertoire becoming something more American and into the realm of Leanne Rhymes in Can’t Fight the Moonlight or Paula Cole in the Dawson’s Creek theme song, I Don’t Want to Wait.
Furthermore, before Jayne can commit to two genres, the third song on the EP is a dance track, the next is something urban and soulful with an Eastern infusion, and then it finishes with straight up and down R’n’B.
An eclectic mix indeed, but with the leading song No Ordinary Pain being the sound of Alicia Keys with the lyrics written like Joni Mitchell, it is safe to describe her in the aforementioned context as a whole. But there is also a sneaky take from Jeff Buckley as she croons this is so real…but as they say, variety is the spice of life, especially when choosing musical influences.
And with a production team being the best Sony/BMG can offer accounting for the chiseled quality of sound and Nina Jayne’s vocal talent as fine as the best silk, No Ordinary Pain is not a bad listen at all.