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“Song of the Day- 10/22/13”
"Gonna be star soon, that kid."
"An urgent midtempo ballad, 'Changes' highlights some of Kent’s biggest strengths — including his gift for hummable hooks, his warm, sweetly mournful vocals, and his gift for deceptively simple, folk-rooted arrangements..."
““The mark of the finest performers, I’ve often thought, is not how well they play to a crowded hall full of fans, but rather, what happens when they’re faced with a couple drunks and a distracted guy at the soundboard in a basement. The last time I saw Jamie Kent perform was under such conditions, and I was honestly blown away. He was riveting, attacking each song with gusto and charisma, playing with a band that was as sharp and creative as his vocals. I enjoyed Kent’s first album, Neoteny, but his second, Navigation, is a major step forward for this young Northampton native. Whereas he once toyed around with trying on other people’s styles, he’s now found his own. The disc captures this new confidence and sense of identity beautifully. One part swing, another part funk, two parts jazz, and a whole lot of joy.””
““Kent possesses a great voice and a fearlessness to be admired as he drifts through glimpses of blues, jazz, and rock notes that suggest Steely Dan influences without being derivative. This one has true promise.””
““A fresh, young 23-year-old singer-songwriter with big dreams and an ever-expanding fanbase, local artist Jamie Kent's future as a performer looks quite promising. Drawing on influences from modern artists like Jack Johnson and Jamie Cullum, as well as paying tribute to classic greats Johnny Cash and Frank Sinatra, Kent's perfectly mellifluous tunes are roll-the-windows-down, soak-up-some-sun kind of good.””
“Smashing good vibe. I could see bros chilling to this one, but also chicks removing clothes upon listening. Good luck with Jamie Kent & The Options'”