Album shows maturity

Is Jen Trynin just another angry, independent female songwriter? At first it may seem like Alanis Morrisette has actually come out with a new album, but Morrisette’s lyrics were never as introspective and poetic as Trynin’s.

Trynin has just released her second album, Gun Shy Trigger Happy (Warner Bros). With lyrics about lost love and rocky relationships, she tells tales of sadness with unique finesse. Through her music, she opens up a new world with no secrets and no lies – just pure honesty.

On her new album, she displays immense, mature songwriting ability. Each song is nurtured apart from the other tracks, but the end result is a solid, well-polished album.

The combination of Chris Foley on drums, Ed Valauskas on bass and Mike Denneen on keyboards provide a great accompaniment to Trynin’s voice.

Her aggressive sound is tainted with a sense of vulnerability, which comes through in her stream-of-consciousness lyrics. Her song “Get Away (February)” is at first a sweet pop song, but the lyrics are so dark and painfully true that it becomes hard to focus on the happy music.

Although a mature, almost adult-like album, Gun Shy Trigger Happy is still worth checking out. With her new album, Trynin proves she is not just another Morrisette.

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