ATO Records – 2004 – 41 minutes

Jemma Griffiths, better known as Jem, has already made a name for herself in the US, with her work appearing on hit shows 'The OC' and 'Desperate Housewives'. Her debut album, 'Finally Woken', should grant her success on this side of the Atlantic also.

Described in some quarters as the next Dido, Jem does have the same breathy quality to her voice, but her music is much different. Opening track 'They', for instance, has an almost operatic feel to it and '24' has a very grungy sound with strong guitars throughout.

Many of the tracks here really sparkle, especially the above-mentioned songs and 'Wish I'. The tender and dreamy 'Stay Now' is also a treat. The only quibble that arises is that some of the songs are a little overlong.

'Finally Woken' is a hard-hitting debut from an artist with enormous potential. Comparisons with Dido are unfounded; Jem's work is far superior.

Katie Moten

Tracklisting: They – Come on Closer – Finally Woken – Save Me – 24 – Missing You – Wish I – Just a Ride – Falling for You – Stay Now – Flying High