Sam Hoffman – “Jacquelyn”


An ode to the loss of his first family dog, “Jacquelyn” is a touching track from Sam Hoffman. The expressive, layered string arrangements combine with soaring vocals and melodic guitars for a hook-filled sound, fondly reminiscent of Electric Light Orchestra.

The Nashville-based artist enamors throughout, handling a sensitive issue with tact in highlighting the friendship and carefree spirit of Jacquelyn. The opening lyrics — “I’ll let you in,” — are aptly inviting, with escalating strings complementing lyrics highlighting the beauty (and heartbreak) of having a tail-wagging pal. “How could you go?” the vocals cry out, sending chills as a passionate assortment fo guitars and strings converge. “Jacquelyn” is a lovely ode to a dog that lives on in song.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of April 2023’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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