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The album cover may contain a hint: gone is the perhaps slightly fragile and shy look of Sudol on 'One Cell in the Sea', and in comes a sassy, in-your-face image of the artist as a determined, daring woman. However, lest I am worrying fans of her debut album, there are some overlaps and similarities in the music. Alison Sudol the poet is still very much there, and the lyrics of the new tracks continue to use beautiful and memorable imagery and expressions. Also, there are some songs that pick up from her earlier style, perhaps in particular 'Happier', 'Bird of the Summer', 'The Beacon' and 'Swan Song'; the latter is an extraordinarily beautiful expression of loss and regret, and one of my favourite tracks. Perhaps the first single from the album, 'Blow Away', is something of a bridge between the old and the new A Fine Frenzy, with powerful melody but also a punchy beat. This song also shows off her strong vocal range, as she manages to deliver part rock anthem and part operatic aria in a song that unites these styles quite easily and very successfully.
And then there are other songs where Sudol makes use of various styles that have informed her music, including jazz, rock and even country.Read more ›
I thank all the people who took time to actually listen to this record a few times before reviewing. In particular a lady who said she was doing a marathon on her bike, i think, and she listened to 'elements' over and over and just loved it. My daughter, too, didn't like One Cell at all -- but I just, down stairs, heard her listening to "Happier" from BIAB, which I love, too. I was kind of starting to wonder if my 13 yo had any taste at all but catching her listening to AFF gave me hope for her lol. This record is epicly-grand. It's bigger than One Cell which was quieter and sweeter, and frankly, perfect in every possible way. BIAB, tho, like fine wine or diamonds-mined, takes a little time to appreciate - not becuase it's a pill you need to swallow, but because it is deeper, bigger, grander, and perhaps more evocative in places than it's predecessor. Much of us don't like wine when we first taste it. But like AFF's new album, as our palates evolve in sophistication, the more you appreciate A Fine Frenzy and it's etheral, monumental loveliness.
Overall, a different kind of experience, but an enjoyable ride. Definitely not EXACTLY like One Cell, but there are a couple of songs you'll still enjoy if you liked her inital album.
I love her voice, her music, and especially her haunting lyrics. Favorite song(s): Happier & Swan Song. Favorite song(s): Near to You and Almost Lover. :)
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No birds were harmed in the making of this remarkable music. Birdcage picks up where Alison Sudol and A Fine Frenzy Left off in the 2007 One Cell in the Sea and geometrically... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Frank Baglione
excellent sound quality and Allison just does her thing....wonderful CD as is Pines and One Cell in the Sea....get all three CDPublished 10 months ago by Clayton Spires
I found this album by accident since I have a song from another CD from them. I like most of the songs on there but there is one that is a repeat for me, What I wouldn't do. Read morePublished 16 months ago by E. Gray
Not a great album. There was nothing about this album that stood out; the last song is the best song, but the rest are lacking in luster. Disappointed.Published 17 months ago by Lauren
These guys just put out some incredible pop music. Great melodies, thoughtful lyrics, great vocals and musicianship. They really deserve a lot more attention than they get. Read morePublished 18 months ago by joemaamah
As always, A Fine Frenzy is great music! I love the variety of the songs and Allison's voice is super.Published 19 months ago by Fancy
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|Mp3 vs cd?||
The Amazon MP3 quality, 256 kbps, is certainly good enough for iPod listening. For more critical listening, on a good quality CD player/amplifer/speakers, the CD will be better. I also miss the liner notes when downloading music. I wish Amazon would provide a PDF of the CD insert with the download.
Sep 8, 2009 by Flytrap | See all 8 posts
|So "Coming Around" won't be on the Amazon version?||
It won't but I think you get a different exclusive track "Silent War" if you buy it from Amazon
Sep 2, 2009 by M. Adler | See all 4 posts
|MP3 Download for Pre-Order?||
I don't know about Amazon but iTunes has Blow Away, Electric Twist and Happier for sale for a buck each
Aug 29, 2009 by Cloud | See all 2 posts
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