Jennie Arnauâ€™s Chasing Giants is an album steeped in a variety of American styles including folk, country and a bit of pop. Jennieâ€™s voice is melodic and trance-like, delivering a pleasant and simple album.
Jennie brings a throwback style, staying away from self-indulgence and instead focusing on the generally kind world that she sees. â€œBeautiful Lifeâ€ combines rambling guitar and folksy vocals, pulling together an easy sound that can be found throughout the rest of the album. Songs like â€œJack B Nimbleâ€ can drag a bit, however. Â Its pace is like a slow trot that can easily wear down the listener.
â€œThe Sharp Thingsâ€ opens with gentle acoustic guitar and her best vocals on the album. This might be the best slow dance track of the year as she sings, â€œIâ€™ve spent my life running away/ From all of the sharp things/ that might cause injuryâ€¦.â€ Here we find the most instrumentally complex song, with a full-on guitar solo, sharp piano, bass and drums to kick it.Â â€œBouncing Ball,â€ another mellow tune, can put you into a coma with the opening verse, but then pulls you out with some plucky banjo and forceful singing.
Jennie Arnauâ€™s music will appeal to listeners seeking music from earlier days, a lighter spin to escape a world full of trouble.