Bells is the latest release from Laura Jansen, a singer/songwriter based in Los Angeles who was born in Holland. Angelic vocals over cascading falls of pop-driven piano is the contemplative core exhibited here. The not-so-structural constant change in mood some songs possess is beautiful against the pop-infused notebook musing perspectives that delve into complacency, struggle and eventual victory that occur in relationships, love, and life. The breezy wonderment of piano adds to â€œThe Endâ€ with Jansen singing, â€œWe break the promise and we take it back. We move in silence, this is the end.â€
At times Jansen reminds one of songbirds like Sarah McLachlan and Sara Bareillis, where yearning lyrics and unique voicing soar as visceral, charming, and all the while powerful. â€œWicked World,â€ is a bouncy, pompous ode to the seedier side of existence where perfection is fleeting. â€œSoljah,â€ has a cool reggae rhythm and Jansen enlisting to be a soldier for love. Her piano-driven cover decorated by violins of Kings of Leonâ€™s â€œUse Somebodyâ€ worksÂ as a soft glowing cover that is delicately gorgeous. â€œCome To Me,â€ is a nice shuffling ode to calling for love. The rich layered texture of piano and accompanying sounds of drums and bass make Bells ring out much like the strength of a quiet yet commanding fire.