Girls, Good & Otherwise (Fortunate)
Reviewed by Melanie Haupt, Fri., Dec. 2, 2011
Jean SynodinosGirls, Good & Otherwise (Fortunate)
For women, every day is a tightrope walk of actions both micro and macro in scale, the mundane mingling gloriously with the transcendent. This delicious tension is at the root of local singer-songwriter Jean Synodinos' third album, Girls, Good & Otherwise. Take "Five Things To Do Today" as the beginning of the to-do list, then "Do the things on the list." Synodinos juxtaposes such day-to-day concerns with much larger ones of contentment, partnership, and home, assembling an impressive cadre of supporting local musicians to back up her musings on what it means to "Be a Good Girl," including her husband, guitarist Charles Rieser, as well as Redd Volkaert. While the musical scope here doesn't extend beyond Momo's, the ace in the hole is Synodinos' velvety voice, which encapsulates both the beauty and pain of being a girl, Good & Otherwise.