Jennifer Warnes Another Time, Another Place CD
Impeccable Female Vocals On CD!
One of the most-loved singers of our time, Jennifer Warnes, has returned with
a modern-day masterpiece called Another Time, Another Place. The album reunites
Warnes with her co-producer and great friend and collaborator Roscoe Beck, the
long-time musical director and bass player for Leonard Cohen. It's the same
partnership that made the landmark 1987 album Famous Blue Raincoat. With
glorious production and performances, and of course, impeccable vocals, Another
Time, Another Place features the cream of the crop of songwriters including
Eddie Vedder ("Just Breathe"), Mark Knopfler ("Why Worry"), John Legend, Warren
Haynes, Derek Trucks and more.
Joining Warnes are brilliant musicians and friends such as Dean Parks (Steely
Dan, Bob Dylan), pedal steel king Greg Liesz (k.d. lang, Eric Clapton) and
drummer Vinnie Colaiuta (Frank Zappa, Sting). Jennifer Warnes has always been
known as someone who makes beautifully crafted records with an open heart,
unafraid to show emotion and love through her work. It's the perfect time for
Another Time, Another Place.
“I had a series of losses,” Warnes says. “Horrible losses. Many in a
row. It shook me up quite a bit. My mother was my significant other person, and
went all over the world with me, and was the one who believed in me. She died in
2001. In 2013, my two sisters died a week apart unexpectedly. Then my manager
was hit and run, and died instantly, close to the death of my two sisters, and
then I put my dog down. Then Leonard Cohen died.”
Perhaps not coincidentally, it’s Roscoe Beck – producer of Famous Blue Raincoat
and Cohen’s musical director in his final years – who acts as Another Time,
Another Place’s co-producer, helping the 71-year-old find a way to express her
It wasn’t purely despair at her own losses that, for the first time since The
Well, provoked Warnes’ formal return to the studio – or, more accurately, Beck’s
kitchen, where they had to turn off the air conditioning and fridge to record.
She also had more altruistic reasons.
“The depth of pain,” she explains, “that a person goes through at
certain chapters of their lives is…”
Her voice trails off before she again tries to explain her motives.
“You can’t really share that, but I felt I could make a record that would
offer comfort to people going through stuff similar to me. It was really
important and intentional to make a tender record. The world is in such
distress, so the sound of a woman’s voice being tender in a recording that could
be sent all over the world – that was clean, clear, wise and enjoyable – might
help. It would help me to do it, and it would help others to do it, so you feel
that it delivers some kind of sanity. That’s a good thing to give to somebody.
“In my younger years,” she adds, sipping white tea, “you wanted to give
them a sexier feeling. You wanted to give them a ‘Tear The Door Down’ feeling.
At this time of life, it was like, ‘Oh my God, there’s so many suffering
people!’ I don’t have one friend that doesn’t have something going on in their
lives. So what’s my job? If you take that little CD and it fills an hour of your
time, it ought to make you feel something. It ought to cure something. Who wants
a goody two-shoes record that makes you feel unreasonably happy in a world like
this? That was the question I asked myself: ‘What does it mean to make music
that helps others?’
It's hard to believe she could have succeeded better. Another Time, Another
Place boasts rare poignancy, unfiltered vulnerability and genuine compassion: a
feminine counterpart, one might say, to Johnny Cash’s final releases. Its
skeletal arrangements and refined production reveal Warnes’ extraordinary
sensitivity, something underlined by its opening song, a startling cover of
Pearl Jam’s Just Breathe (from 2009’s Backspace). Its selection, suitably, was
provoked less by an urge to surprise people than for its sentiment, which
encapsulates much of what makes the record so special. “Yes, I understand,”
Warnes’s warm voice trembles, “every life must end,” before adding
“I’m a lucky one, to count on both hands the ones I love.”
The rest of the album is equally wistful, whether John Legend’s delicate Once I
Was Loved, in which she forgives a woman interacting with her former lover, or
the elegantly laidback The Boys And Me, which she co-wrote with Michael
Smotherman – a songwriter and touring member of Captain Beefheart’s band – or
the reassuring Why Worry, penned by Mark Knopfler for Brothers In Arms.
• Tri-fold mini-LP jacket
"…Warnes’s voice, warm and unfussy, sounds as natural as ever." - Sunday
"(Warnes’ voice) is as mellifluous as ever … the entire outing is a delight"
"Luscious and lustful, considered and compassionate …. sophisticated
arrangements and her reliably fluent and emotive readings get right to the heart
of the songs" - Daily Mirror
"A revelatory reminder of how seductive Warnes’ voice is" - Classic Pop
"Leonard Cohen’s Oscar garlanded singer sounds terrific." - Mojo
"… (an) enchanting collection" - Uncut
"…the work of a master interpreter who rarely fails to engage with the source
material while imbuing it with her own personality… Grief and bereavement may
have contributed to her absence from recording studios, but Warnes has returned
in brilliant form, her beautiful voice a balm for others experiencing loss."
- Record Collector
"A crystalline work featuring the Anaheim-born Warnes interpreting songs by
Pearl Jam, Mark Knopfler, John Legend and others, "Another Time ..." serves as a
reminder of the skills she displayed on "Famous Blue Raincoat," her acclaimed
album of Leonard Cohen songs." - LA Times
"If it took Warnes a long time to commit to making an album again, the
clarity and confidence of her performances on “Another Time, Another Place”
validate her decision with style and grace." - Associated Press
"(Jennifer) … still closes proceedings like a nightingale ... a revelatory
reminder of how seductive Warnes' voice is when she reins things in." -
Classic Pop, May 2018