JANIVA MAGNESS BRINGS DISTINCTIVE NEW ALBUM TO ZOO BAR WEDNESDAY

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On Tuesday, Janiva Magness released “Stronger for It,” her third album for  Alligator Records and the first for which she’s written songs.

Magness’ three tunes are frontloaded on the CD, kicking things up with the  opening wail and punch of “There It Is” (with the hook line “I’ve never thought  I’d want to hurt a man so bad/But baby there it is”), following it with the  sultry, soulful “I Won’t Cry” and, then after a Tom Waits cover, the slow slide  of “Whistlin’ in the Dark.”Read More

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