April 12, 2004 12:00 PM


Jen Chapin

Having been blessed with the singer-songwriter gene, Jen Chapin, daughter of the late-’70s folkie Harry Chapin, does Dad proud on this, her third release. Her soothing folk-pop and thoughtful coffeehouse musings on Linger make this disc worth savoring. Chapin, a favorite on the New York City club circuit, brings an unhurried pacing and low-key charm to her tales of Big Apple life on songs like “City” and “Little Hours.” She displays a light, sexy jazziness on numbers like “Me Be Me,” while revealing that she also inherited her father’s social consciousness on tracks such as the country-tinged “Passive People”: “We let the outrage melt away/ It seems that life is so much easier that way.”—C.A.

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