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 Janis Ian

American singer-songwriter


Studio Albums

Between The Lines - 1975






Janis Ian

Between the Lines - 8

When the Party's Over/At Seventeen/From Me to You/Bright Lights and Promises/In the Winter/Water Colors/Between the Lines/The Come On/Light a Light/Tea and Sympathy/Lover's Lullaby

One of my favourite albums by a solo female singer-songwriter. It's one of those records that seem to have been with me for ever. It was a huge international success and includes the stunning single At Seventeen - a song about teenage angst and living with imperfections in the American Dream. It's a rights of passage song. Elsewhere Janis Ian manages to mix ballads with more soulful and jazz orientated songs. There's straightforward love songs (When the Party's Over), homely pieces ( Tea and Sympathy ), smoky bar room pieces (Bright Lights and Promises). songs about loneliness and old age (In the Winter), broken dreams and relationships (Between the Lines). Its in equal parts a sad and uplifting album - one to be cherished from start to finish.