JENNIFER BATTEN - "Eclectic Earwig Reviews Music and More for You!"                

Eclectic Earwig Reviews

Buy Jennifer Batten's MOMENTUM

Jennifer Batten’s Tribal Rage: Momentum (CD, 61:46)
Mondo Congo Records MCR-0123, 1997

Tribal Rage is Jennifer Batten on guitars, guitar synth, keys, talk box, and dentist drill guitar, 
Ricky Wolking on bass (fretted and non), talk box, and other bizzare sound manipulations, with 
Glen Sobel doing drums and percussion. And what is all this fuss over Batten about?

	She is amazingly fluid, so many tricks up her sleeve, so many voicings, techniques, and sheer 
bombast that you are overwhelmed with what torture and delicate touch she lays on a guitar. 
Slapping, tapping, bending, pulling off, hammer ons, slides -- and with both hands! 
Throwing in a Whammy pedal when all her hands are too busy, she then creates so much wailing, 
swooping, and mutiple harmonics, that your aural dynamic sense nears overload. The effect is one 
steady onslaught of unique sounds you thought guitarists could only offer in tidbits, in certain 
moments, for lead breaks, at song intros or outros. Yet Batten constructs a whole CD’s worth of 
magical moments of a guitar doing things you rarely hear. She goes beyond Vai’s insane 
excursions and tops it off by tipping her hat and then running past Satriani’s finer weirdness.
	This lady is an artist crafting a whole new dimension of guitar sounds, weaving it all together 
into song, and best of all it works. Her music is not endless backflips or clowning around -- 
Batten hears another land’s strange echoes and offers a curiously interesting reply. With her Tribal 
Rage crew at her side a world of wonder unfolds. Seven quality cuts ranging from 7:10 to 9:33 let 
the whole crew stretch. There is some seriously cool bass work and severely challenging 
percussion happening here as well.
	Batten has toured with big names like Jeff Beck and Michael Jackson. So what does Jeff Beck 
think of her playing? Beck says, “Incredible stuff, very impressive. She’s very dedicated. I just see 
her in her little house somewhere, doing nothing else. Because you can’t get that good unless you 
do.” I have to agree.
	As guitar fans would easily recognize Holdsworth’s, Torn’s, or Rypdal’s guitar voice-- 
Batten’s flexible-axe voice is a clear signature. I must say I’ve never heard anyone do anything 
quite like Batten’s continuous stream of note-bending, tapping, swells, controlled feedback, 
harmonics, and lightning-fast riffs. Prepare to enter into another dimension of guitar where 
elasticity is the word. Recommended listening.	~ John W. Patterson

Listen to samples & Buy CDs/DVDs here

CD/DVD Shopping Quick Links

Back to MAIN REVIEW list
Back to MEN list
Back to LADIES list
Get outta here and go HOME