ARTIST: Jen Trynin
YEAR RELEASED: 1994
CHART ACTION: None (sigh…)
SINGLES: Better Than Nothing (#15 Alternative, #40 Mainstream), Happier
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Not really, unless you knew me then.
LINEUP: Jennifer Trynin, Paul Bryan, Jerry Deupree, David Gregory, Mike Levesque, Michael Rivard. Aimee Mann sang backup.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Boston based solo artists records a rockin’ alternative power pop-ish solo album with great songs and no reaction from the public for the most part.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Coming out of Boston, Warner Brothers released this album after local Squint Records put it out to raves in 1994. It deserved the accolades – it didn’t deserve the commercial freeze-out.
MTV played the video for “Better Than Nothing” at times, and that garnered some airplay. Yet the album has several great tracks like “One Year Down”, “Too Bad You’re Such a Loser”, “Knock Me Down and “Happier”. Her guitar tone is fantastically meaty and raw, which adds to the overall sound and mood. The production and her work with the rotating drummers is strong as well.
There are few dull spots or subpar tracks. It’s just a shame it didn’t resonate with the public or radio.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: She later married her producer Mike Denneen.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE A+: Unfairly ignored by the powers that be, it deserved a lot of play.