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JRP EPK (Electronic Press Kit)
Official CD Review
Morrison Heights (4 1/2 stars out of 5)
Jupiter Ray Project (Independent)
each listen you become more aware of the subtleties of Morrison Heights
- the crickets, the woodstoves, the barking dog, all the sounds of the
country where this album was made by husband-and-wife songwriting duo
Jack Pelletier and Shannon Ross.
There's a painstaking attention
to detail and a strong ability to say more with less. Ross's soulful
vocal is an instrument all on its own (Jenny Lewis meets Angela
Pelletier stays in the background for the most part
as producer/guitarist, save for two lazy-day tales called Wrote You A
Song and Every Corner.
Ball and Chain's Michael Ball (fiddle),
Souljazz Orchestra's Pierre Chretien (Hammond, Rhodes), Paul Christian
(trombone), Jason Jaknunas (electric bass), Peter von Althen
(percussion) and Chris Breitner (bass) add texture.
disc culminates in the six-minute, swelling rock gem called Fight Your
Way Out, adding guts to a fine country album. An early contender for
disc of the year.
- Fateema Sayani
Ottawa Citizen, March 3/2007 Page K4 (Style Weekly)
"Taking his cue from Young and Harris, Pelletier, along with fellow
Jupiter Ray core member Shannon Ross, creates country-rock music
incredibly rich in feeling and lyrical quality..."
- Stephen Flood - Ottawa Express
"...That sound is decidedly laid back, acoustic-based and steeped in
country and folk-rock charm. And on Morrison Heights, it is everywhere
-- from the mid-tempo shuffle of Pelletier's Wrote You a Song to the
mournful 'interlude' that comprises an a cappella excerpt from a live
performance of I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry, that finds Ross' siren
voice all but drowned out by audience chatter...."
Allan Wigney - Ottawa Sun
"...It's a smooth ride. Ross sings most of the songs, with a few hits
from Pelletier, who produced the album. Both are stunning vocalists
who've judiciously arranged each song with just the right hint of soul.
Peter von Althen, Michael Ball (Ball & Chain), Pierre Chretien
(Souljazz Orchestra), Al Bragg (Amos the Transparent) and lead
accompanist Chris Breitner are a solid ensemble.
a welcome flutter of horns on The Park and the wheezy blush of organs
on Occasional Snowflake. The weepy fiddle on Wrote You A Song adds a
subtle touch to the sleepy duet. The disc culminates in Fight Your Way
Out, the swelling rock track on a beautifully realized disc. This is
for fans of Jenny Lewis or Dean & Britta -- if they were on a
country retreat -- and an early contender for disc of the year..."
"The Best Recordings of 2007" for it's 4.5 star on 5 Morrison Heights album - Ottawa Citizen