Jillette Johnson‘s debut album, Water in a Whale, is an astounding display of artistry that combines thoughtful lyrics, refreshing melodies, and elegant piano backings to entrance listeners and keep them hooked for life. With songs that are reminiscent of Sara Bareilles one moment and Lana del Rey the next, Johnson keeps the album moving forward with a dynamic range of material that covers personal matters, yet appeals to a wide audience. And despite those comparisons, Johnson’s songs possess the kind of originality rarely seen nowadays, the kind that will cement her place in the industry. Songs like “Cameron” and “Heathen” are particular stand-outs that feature spot-on arrangements and soulful vocals. Speaking of which, Johnson’s voice bears the maturity and strength of a seasoned performer, and the delicacy of someone who’s not afraid to bear their scars for all the world. Overall, Water in a Whale is a must have for those looking for a truly original and impressive singer and album. Fans of Christina Perri and Sara Bareilles: this one’s for you!