Reni Lane’s debut received a boost from VH1 in early 2010, when the network chose the album’s leadoff track as the theme for a new reality series. The song in question, “Place for Us,” is the album’s main highlight, filled with stabs of alt rock guitar and a confident, understated vocal performance. Lane can’t quite sustain that energy throughout the disc, though, and the bulk of Ready is a bit erratic, moving from rock to electro to contemporary pop with little explanation. Featuring four different producers and just as many songwriters, it’s more of a showcase for the behind-the-scenes personnel than Lane herself.
A former weekly performer at the Sidewalk Café in Manhattan, she’s more than capable of handling a song on her own, and some of the more memorable moments here -- including “Runaway Train,” with its simple instrumentation and cycling drum loops -- manage to make their impact with melody instead of backup musicianship. Such songs are the exception rather than the rule, however, and Ready winds up being a collection of scattered singles as opposed to a cohesive record.
|Place For Us / Reni Lane / David Pattillo||Reni Lane||3:29|
|You Are Here [Main] / Sam Bisbee||Reni Lane||3:09|
|We Don't Forget / Sam Bisbee / Reni Lane||Reni Lane||3:07|
|Runaway Train / Reni Lane / David Pattillo||Reni Lane||3:55|
|Even You / Sam Bisbee / Reni Lane / David Pattillo||Reni Lane||3:06|
|Drive / Reni Lane / David Pattillo / Linda Perry||Reni Lane||3:48|
|Never Stop / Sam Bisbee / Reni Lane / David Pattillo||Reni Lane||4:09|
|Let Me Go / Reni Lane / David Pattillo||Reni Lane||3:38|
|Never Be Another You / Sam Bisbee / Reni Lane / David Pattillo||Reni Lane||2:52|
|Call / J. Arthur / Joseph Arthur||Reni Lane||4:00|
|Ready / Sam Bisbee / Reni Lane / David Pattillo||Reni Lane||3:16|