With her first new release in seven years, singer/songwriter Jennifer Knapp leaned heavily on her freshest tracks for a set at the Windjammer last Thursday night.
Fans already hip to Knapp’s newest offering, Letting Go, enjoyed a terrific acoustic performance of nearly the entire album. Those hoping to hear some of the classics left disappointed. The songlist only included five old tunes.
At one point, a request from the audience was met with Knapp’s admission that she still has to relearn a lot of her own songbook. She did offer up some strong oldies, including “A Little More,” “Whole Again,” and “Martyrs and Thieves.”
It didn’t minimize the value of the new material though. Upbeat jams like “Dive In” and “Letting Go” were right at home for the beach bar crowd. And Knapp’s performance on “Better Man” and “If It Made a Difference” showed off the new album’s acoustic strength. She said this was only the third live performance for “On Love,” a ballad on the new album that should be a permanent fixture on any setlist.
The one thing missing from the intimate format was the intimacy. Knapp offered an amusing, personal story about “Mr. Grey,” but other revelations were few and far between.
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