Our world might be a little more bearable if Jane’s World had soundproof walls. This latest release by Moncton artist Krista Acherson, a.k.a. Krista D, explores sad societal themes like domestic abuse with all the thought-provoking depth of a cold bowl of oatmeal.
After seven songs of Krista whining about how abuse is bad, there are two songs about how special her relationship is. Throw in a song about God, a slightly hypocritical song about trend bandwagonism and some horribly amateur album art done by Krista herself, and–bam!–you’re in Jane’s World.
The style of this album is slightly blurred at the edges, which is usually a good thing, but in this case it just comes off as confused. It goes from pseudo-feminist rocking to one powerchord, to strange reggae about salvation, to doo-wop and boatfuls of emo outpour. Even the thematic monotony of the lyrics doesn’t compensate for the too-eclectic instrumentation. Of all the disjointed genres though, Krista’s music wouldn’t be half as grating if she stuck to the folk, or to the more upbeat vibes present in some of her songs. One warm-and-fuzzy love song, “Extraordinary,” stands out as the sole highlight, and a huge improvement over the overdone social-issue slush-pile of the other tracks.