Little Spark - THIRTY TIGERS
FILTER Grade: 81%
By Daniel Kohn on January 17, 2012
In the three years since her debut record, Jessie Baylin, the Queen of Leon (Baylin is married to Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill), has switched her label and grown her songwriting. It’s apparent that the singer’s confidence and creative freedom have allowed her to showcase her talents through a variety of genres, all the while channeling her inner folk a la Dusty Springfield and Marianne Faithfull. Baylin also possesses a curious, soulful Winehouse-ian vibe in her delivery. Examples include the soothing, slow “Dancer” and the dreamier, poppier “Holiday.” Though she may not be as well known as her husband and famous family-in-law, Baylin’s sophomore effort is more natural and, though it’s a D.I.Y. effort, it’s more of a complete body of work than her earlier material, which is a step in the right direction.