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For most bands, crafting an album is a full team effort. Certain members may get more recognition in the press, but the press isn't always there for the behind-the-scenes. While one member's name may be attributed to the lyrics, it can be assumed that the others had a say during the editing process. And it is this kind of collaboration that sets music apart from many other art forms. Sure, a writer or painter can bounce ideas and rough drafts off of a trusted few; an established writer will even have an editor. But at its core, these other artistic endeavors, in general, lie solely on one person.

So what happens when a member of a collective does a solo project?

Jenny Lee Lindberg's (jennylee) debut solo album faces this task head on. While there are traces of Warpaint in some of the soundscapes, right on! Is uniquely jennylee. As the bass player in Warpaint, I was expecting the bass to be at the forefront. It is an instrument that gets pushed aside too often. But while there are some tasty bass licks, most of the album relies on her vocals and haunting atmospherics.

This album is cold to the touch. There is '80s and '90s New Wave and Goth stylings riddled throughout the album. While the bass isn't necessary at the forefront, it is the driving force of rhythm. The guitar and any electronics are more for atmospherics than traditional rock composition. And the drums are minimalist for the most part, focusing on repetitive, syncopated beats.

This type of composition allows for many open spaces for jennylee's vocals to swirl about. Right on! is a slow burning candle in an old stone church. Album opener, 'blind', feels like I should be lighting some incense after coming down hard from a night of debauchery. But the album picks up with the next two songs. The second song, 'boom boom' has a slinking, heavy bass line. On it, she sings, "If you see me move my body/ that's the sign to/ boom boom." She later follows up with, "Society is anxiety/ is a misery/ is a myth." It's this kind of juxtaposition in lyrics that proves, as a poet, jennylee is on point as a solo artist.

The first single off the album is the third track, 'never'. This has a more traditional composition. Sonically, it is a song that would make Ian Curtis (Joy Division) give a little smirk. It is a little slice of New Wave heaven. Then there's 'riot', which picks things up more with tribal beats and a wonderfully distorted guitar. It is a perfect balance of sparse and shot of adrenaline.

'Riot' is something I wish the album had more of. It is more Post Punk than anything else. It is blistering but still somehow subdued. It lends not only to her natural bass playing but her vocal stylings as well. Instead, this album is an experiment in lush minimalism. Some songs, while good, ('offerings' 'white devil') still somehow feel incomplete. Listening to this album, these songs belong together. There is no doubt about that. It just feels like something is still missing. I love the use of open spaces in the compositions, but feel like sometimes there needs to be a little kick here and there. This album is great for night drives. But there are moments where you find yourself getting lost in your mind; and while it is great that the music gets you to think, as a musician, you don't want your listener to tune out mid song.

I can't help but think of my choir director back in high school. We struggled for months on a particularly difficult piece. Then one day during class, it clicked. We sang the song all the way through, hitting all the right notes, rhythms, and dynamics. We finally got it. We literally jumped for joy. Our director then said, "That's great, you guys nailed it! And now that we can sing what's on the page, we can now make it music. Grab out your pencils."

Right on! is good. I've been listening to 'boom boom', 'never', and 'riot' nonstop. The album shows that jennylee can write great songs on her own and make them come to life. It shows that she can create a cohesive album by playing out the songs she wrote. But while the poetry and the music are there and played correctly, there is that last little bit of magic missing. But, I've seen Warpaint live. While this album has its faults, I know jennylee will have no trouble bringing new life to these songs when she plays them in concert. That little bit of magic is just within reach.

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