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Checking in with Jennifer O'Connor

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Last spring, Jennifer O’Connor hinted that the songs she planned to write around that time would reflect her current romantic bliss.

O’Connor did end up composing some love songs, “but there are a lot of different themes, I think, in the new stuff,” the New York singer/songwriter/guitarist says.

It’s a little too early in the game, she says, for her to try and describe the songs in detail.

“I’m still kind of learning about them … they are an eclectic bunch, I can say that,” O’Connor adds.

One thing’s for certain: O’Connor will record most of her new album, the follow-up to 2006’s Over the Mountain, Across the Valley and Back to the Stars, live in the studio.

“I think this record will have more of a band quality to it,” she says. “I have a regular group of people now who I play with, and I am very excited to make this record with them.”

Her plan is to record the album in March and release it this summer through Matador Records. She expects her Web site to relaunch around the time of the album’s release.

— By Chris M. Junior