CD REVIEW: Mason Jennings "Fingerprints: Sept. 20, 2009"

This little gem of an album is a limited edition release that was only able to be purchased in independent record stores on Record Store Day 2010. Mason Jennings has always been known for his live performances, and this collection showcases many of the tunes off of his latest album "Blood Of Man." It is interesting to hear these songs performed live, as their studio versions are somewhat of a departure from his normal acoustic folk. You can hear the rawness of the emotion in Jennings' voice as he sings his stunning lyrics in front of a small crowd. Great versions of "Black Wind Blowing," "Ain't No Friend Of Mine," and "Pittsburgh" are all included, as well as one older song, "Crown." Mason Jennings is an outstanding live performer, and though he has not released a proper live album yet, this is just a taste of his energy and delivery for those who have not been able to experience one of is live shows in person.