Latin Music Week

Career Suicide

Alt-metal artist Lennon stuck her tongue in her cheek when she named this set "Career Suicide." She obviously knew how people would react: Who follows a buzz-worthy rock debut ("5:30 Saturday Morning"

Alt-metal artist Lennon stuck her tongue in her cheek when she named this set "Career Suicide." She obviously knew how people would react: Who follows a buzz-worthy rock debut ("5:30 Saturday Morning") with an album that has only piano for accompaniment? In a word, Lennon. By stripping down previously released tunes like "Couldn't Breathe," she proves the strength of her songwriting and gives the music a new dimension. "Asking You" is even more moving than the original, and "Jacob" and "I Hear" are also poignant. Her voice is mature and sensual beyond her twentysomething years, lending credence to lyrics like "I'm looking for the beauty/In which you never saw in me." By refusing to be blond, bubble gum or brainless, Lennon has not made a fatal mistake. In fact, she is very much alive and thriving.—CLT