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2003-01: Genevieve Maynard, Ghost Notes

by Jeff Apter


Indie popster gets all Prince on us.

Genevieve Maynard is a quiet achiever. During her spells with quality Sydney indie-pop outfits Bughouse and Stella One Eleven, she's lurked in the background, wary of the spotlight. But with her solo debut, Ghost Notes, Maynard gets all Prince on us, as she plays guitar and bass, sings, programs, engineers and produces. Musically, she's got a soft spot for acoustic-based pop, but fleshes this out with the bluesy sting of 'Johnny Lee', the funked-up opener, 'Jackie in the Morning' and `Trouble', the album's madly emotive, widescreen peak.
It's all smartly crafted, deeply personal, thinking-person's pop with echoes of Aimee Mann and Sheryl Crow. Goes to show you've got to watch out for the quiet ones.

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