Writing for Pitchfork, Stephen M. Deusner had some very nice things to say about Kent native, Jessica Lea Mayfield’s latest release, With Blasphemy So Heartfelt:
Jessica Lea Mayfield sings with a drawl that goes slightly flat when she sustains notes and gives certain words the semblance of regional color. It could be a personal characteristic of her downcast voice, or perhaps a nod to her Rust Belt upbringing, but the 19-year-old singer/songwriter, who recorded her 2007 debut under the name Chittlin’, sounds immediately distinctive and poised on “Kiss Me Again”, the opening track on her second album, With Blasphemy So Heartfelt, calling to mind but ultimately surpassing comparisons to Hope Sandoval or Syd Straw. “You can kiss me again if you want, I don’t mind,” she sings, yet she sounds actively invested in her romantic passivity– a fascinating and endlessly listenable contradiction.
It only gets better form there, ending with a final score of 8.2. You can read the whole review here.