After stints as a club promoter, DJ agent, and record-label employee, she moved to London and eventually snagged a record deal with the Dave Matthews-affiliated ATO. Finally Woken, her full-length debut for the label, feels like a lost Lilith Fair-era coffeehouse diamond. Jem's smoky, folksy vocals drive an album full of tasty morsels that will tide trip-hop lovers over until the next Beth Orton disc. Highlights include "They," a throaty, wintry carol steeped in hip-hop flava, and "Come on Closer," whose metal riffs alternate with sampled cinematic ephemera.
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