Baeble First Play: The Alt Pop Edge of Jade White
  • TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2015

  • Posted by: Don Saas

You know what was great about 90s alt pop? There were edges to it. Take something as mainstream and accessible as say...Savage Garden. Listen to "I Want You" again. The group does really fascinating things with their vocal cadence and there are hints of guitar rock hidden throughout that entire album. The Verve paired massive pop hooks with classical orchestration. We miss pop music that wasn't afraid to be more than just an instantly hummable melody and great hooks. The best mainstream pop album of this year, Carly Rae Jepsen's Emotion, took contemporary pop bombast and paired it with the simmering melodramatics of 80s New Romanticism. And on her new single, "Goodnight LA," Jade White reminds us that pop can push the limits just as easily as it burrows itself in your head.

We didn't bring Savage Garden up earlier for no reason. With its smooth and slinky guitar riffs, Jade White hits on those same 90s soft rock/pop memories we were all getting circa 1997 when that band's first singles started arriving although Jade has slightly more of a rock edge. But she pairs that with the sort of voice that Paula Cole fans know and love. That she can channel a song this emotional and dramatic at the age of 18 is a real feat, and we're pretty sure Jade White has great things in her future.

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