Those who have heard Jenny sing as she’s crisscrossed Canada and the U.S. over the past dozen or so years know that an evening spent listening to her songs is like a long-delayed meeting with an old dear friend. Laughter and sorrow are shared, barriers dissolve, and life’s burdens suddenly don’t seem so heavy anymore.
Great music has the power to heal, and if Jenny’s concerts are like a reunion that passes all too quickly, her CDs take their time and sink in deeply like a letter from that same long lost friend to be treasured and re-read over time.
The songs on Forgive or Forget trace the arc of love relationships as they wax and wane with the passage of time. From the optimistic joy of love’s new sheen reflected in “Ripple Effect” to the decline and fall of “Cold Kisses” and “Final Season,” Whiteley proves that there is a place for heartfelt love songs that reflect the realities of an adult world. As deeply personal as Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks, these songs of love, renewal, and dusting oneself off to start all over again will send shivers down listeners’ spines no matter how many times they’re played and heard.