Jessica Lea Mayfield - Tell Me (2011)

From Amazon:

2011 release from the Alt-Rock singer/songwriter best known for her duet with The Black Keys on their "Things Ain't Like They Used To Be," Tell Me is a stunningly forthright 11-song set that addresses late-night longing, serial heartbreak, and intoxicatingly dangerous liaisons conducted in dimly lit barrooms or roadside motels. By the end, the only heart intact is Mayfield's own. It's as if she'd stripped the sentimentality and ruefulness from a bunch of classic Country songs, leaving only stark emotion. The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, who produced and engineered Tell Me at his Easy Eye Sound System studio in Akron, Ohio, matches Mayfield's candor with eerily minimal, brilliantly constructed tracks that keep her mesmerizing, unadorned voice front and centre.


From Paste:

There is something delightfully standoffish about Jessica Lea Mayfield, the 21-year-old roots-rock disciple from Kent, Ohio. Mayfield is a feathery-voiced depressive in the vein of Cat Power’s Chan Marshall, but whereas Marshall too often succumbs to shallow, gimmicky antics, Mayfield allows her work—a marvel of nuance and restraint—to speak for itself.

Mayfield’s 2008 disc, With Blasphemy So Heartfelt, went largely unheard despite an executive-producer credit from Black Key Dan Auerbach. She stands to draw wider interest with Tell Me, but the profile boost hasn’t diminished her granular appeal: Tell Me is all meaty guitar licks and sad-edged vocals, like Fleetwood Mac for the blog generation. With song titles like “Run Myself into the Ground,” “Nervous Lonely Night,” and “Sleepless,” Mayfield makes no bones about her forlornly expressive approach to writing. Still, Tell Me feels genuine and unpretentious throughout, setting the tone for a night of cathartic, misty-eyed introspection.


From Rolling Stone:

"There's not much I wouldn't let you whisper in my ear," coos Jessica Lea Mayfield on her second album. At 21, Mayfield looks like an ingénue but sings like a worldly-wise veteran, picking apart relationships with the sly eroticism of someone who's lived a little. Producer Dan Auerbach (of the Black Keys) gives Mayfield's confessions a darker hue, laying on tremolo guitar while nudging the noirish country songs toward British Invasion pop ("Nervous Lonely Night"), among other genres. But the most compelling sound on Tell Me is Mayfield's languid drawl. "My brain is speeding faster than my mouth can move," she sings. It's true — but with songs this seductive, that's no problem.

Jessica Lea Mayfield
Tell Me
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1. I’ll Be The One That You Want Someday
2. Our Hearts Are Wrong
3. Blues Skies Again
4. Somewhere In Your Heart
5. Grown Man
6. Trouble
7. Nervous Lonely Night
8. Sometimes At Night
9. Tell Me
10. Run Myself Into The Ground
11. Sleepless
12. I'll Be The One You Want Someday (Live)

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Nonesuch Records
United States
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