All I Ever See in You Is Me is the sophomore album from Nashville-based singer/songwriter/pianist Jillette Johnson. With her nuanced lyricism and shapeshifting vocals, Johnson is the rare artist who needs little sonic accompaniment to make an indelible impact. Produced by Dave Cobb (the Grammy Award winner known for his work with Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, and Chris Stapleton), All I Ever See in You Is Me offers up sparsely orchestrated songs centering on Johnson's spirited piano work and graceful vocal command. Like only the most timeless songwriters, Johnson finds infinite depth within that simplicity, tapping into her quiet intensity and classic sensibilities to capture the subtlest of feelings.
Recorded at RCA Studio A – the historic Nashville space where Dolly Parton laid down "Jolene" and "I Will Always Love You" in the same three-hour span – All I Ever See in You Is Me bears an unhurried pace and warm intimacy that echoes the purposeful looseness of its production. At the same time, All I Ever See in You Is Me unfolds with an eloquence that reveals Johnson's natural sophistication as a songwriter. Drifting between hazy romanticism and resolute self-awareness, the album examines heartbreak and resilience with a willful vulnerability. From song to song, Johnson heightens that emotionality with the ever-changing texture of her voice, an instrument that's irresistibly powerful whether she's belting out a refrain or whispering a hushed melody.
On "Bunny" – the starkly arranged opening track to All I Ever See in You Is Me – Johnson's soulful voice climbs and descends as she details her lifelong determination to create music that's true to her heart. Elsewhere on All I Ever See in You Is Me, Johnson brings that sense of self-possession to songs like "Throw Out Your Mirror," a measured exploration of self-image; "Flip a Coin," a defiant meditation on the culture of fear, and "Love Is Blind," a declaration of independence that's built around a determined groove and gauzy guitar tones. At the heart of All I Ever See in You Is Me is a selection of songs born from Johnson's thoughtful fascination with those she loves most. "Like You Raised Me" dreams up a beautifully piercing portrait of her parents, its lilting piano lines meeting with lyrics that achieve an untold complexity in their tenderness.