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Bomb in a Birdcage

A Fine FrenzyAudio CD
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PINES, Alison Sudol's third full-length as A Fine Frenzy (release date: October 9, 2012), is a fable about a pining tree who is given the unheard-of chance (for a conifer) to make a life of her own choosing. Drawing inspiration from the redwood forests and dramatic landscapes of Northern California and Washington's Cascade Mountains, the thirteen new original songs survey a sonic ... Read more in Amazon's A Fine Frenzy Store

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  • Audio CD (September 8, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • ASIN: B0029LHW4K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,503 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. What I Wouldn't Do
2. New Heights
3. Electric Twist
4. Blow Away
5. Happier
6. Swan Song
7. Elements
8. World Without
9. Bird Of The Summer
10. Stood Up
11. Beacon

Editorial Reviews

2009 sophomore release. A Fine Frenzy is sophisticated alternative Pop that appeals to a mature teen and college aged female audience, but can also be shared with their parents. She is the rare artist who benefits from further exploration as the more you listen to or learn about the artist, the more devoted you become and the more apt you are to tell a friend. While Bomb In A Birdcage has the same beauty and musical depth as the 2007 debut One Cell In A Sea, it is improved by a wonderfully developed pop sensibility. Infectious, bubbly, fun, this album will give us the opportunity to build on the amazing word-of-mouth foundation that has been built for A Fine Frenzy and launch her as a major star. Besides being an intuitive songwriter and musician, she's also an accomplished writer and she is currently working on her second book, a children's book which she hopes to publish in the coming year.

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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Frenzy reaching New Heights... September 8, 2009
Format:Audio CD
The debut album by A Fine Frenzy, 'One Cell in the Sea', has over the past year or two been gathering an increasingly strong fan base for Alison Sudol and her band. It was an album of poetic, sometimes haunting songs; and the first single from that album, 'Almost Lover', propelled her to stardom, with huge success both in her native America and in continental Europe. For those who might have been expecting her new album to continue in the same style, 'Bomb in a Birdcage', may come as a surprise.

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.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful - Like Fine Wine, let an Artist be an Artist. January 16, 2010
By Erin
Format:Audio CD
Bomb in a Birdcage (BIAB) was a 50/50 love/dislike at first; I was surprised at my own reaction. Now? I am listening to it instead of One Cell in the Sea. One Cell was a masterpiece that I would take to a desert island if I only had one CD. It might not ever be recreated - but nor should it be. She's not the same person either. She's changed, I've changed, you've changed since it was recorded. Supposition aside, this record is experimentally-wonderful as the first. I was expecting One Cell in the Sea Part Two. So when I heard BIAB I was a bit mentally confused. The reason being, I think, is the use of syntisizers (sp?) and a heavier drum beat in some of the songs you don't associate the first record with. But I can just about nearly promise you if you listen to it a few times, you'll start getting hooked on this song - then that song - then pretty soon you're in love with all of it.

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.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet September 8, 2009
By D
Format:Audio CD
I usually go for strange, arty music, and it's rare that I enjoy what I think of as "music for Target ads". It's not easy to create music with such simple, sweet melodies, without it being dull and uninspired. But Alison Sudol did it once, and now she's done it again. The great opening track has me bobbing my head and humming along, and the album continues to hold my interest all the way through the beautiful closer "Beacon", with just a couple tracks in the middle that drag a bit. Bomb in a Birdcage couldn't have been released at a more appropriate time of year, because it's perfect music for late summer and fall.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars In one way its a Bomb... October 2, 2009
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...and great in another way. Had this album been done by another band other than A Fine Frenzy I would have been blown away. There are several awesome songs on this LP. However, this was done by the band that brought us One Cell in the Sea, an album radically different from this album. Gone are the long, simple beautiful songs from that album; the beautiful opening track Come on Come Out that welcomes you into A Fine Frenzy's gentle piano world is replaced by the short and sweet What I Wouldn't Do-which is far more folkier and guitar driven than the piano driven songs of One Cell in the Sea. Next is New Heights which is a great track in its own right but had it been on One Cell in the Sea it would have sounded simpler, quieter, and more natural like the great second track The Minnow and the Trout. Electric Twist is again a complete 180 to their former sound which on the previous album was Whisper, and while the song is fun ultimately it gets 'old' after a few plays unlike in One Cell in the Sea where the songs feel timeless and the lyrics seem to pass the test of time. The stories were all around better on One Cell in the Sea. You Picked Me was the fourth song on One Cell in the Sea at this point and on Bomb we have Happier which indeed upon listening made me Happier, a song which would have easily fit in well on One Cell in the Sea. Swan Song is no Rangers though its closer to their former sound than anything else on the album but the story isnt as strong or as natural as Rangers for instance and seems rather boring compared to the previous songs on Birdcage. Elements is gorgeous and it takes the center stage of this album much like Almost Lover did on One Cell. It is part of their new sound and while it starts off beautiful by the end it changes and isnt as strong as it beautiful beginning. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars BOOOM!
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 more
Published 1 month ago by joemaamah
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
As always, A Fine Frenzy is great music! I love the variety of the songs and Allison's voice is super.
Published 1 month ago by Fancy
3.0 out of 5 stars I love Fine Frenzy.
I love Fine Frenzy, the product came in great condition. The music it's self was just alright. Not my favorite album. I am happy with my order. Thank you.
Published 3 months ago by Tammy A. Lafeen
5.0 out of 5 stars A gifted composer, Very expressive vocalist, Magic backing
I have listened to this CD and "One Cell in the Sea" continuously and exclusively over the last three weeks, and my journey with this artist has only just begun. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Wes Hoffman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music!
I love this band!! The music is fun, lyrical and diverse. This has the most varied selection if you couldn't decide which album to get.
Published 7 months ago by Javajess
3.0 out of 5 stars Short Fuse
I picked up on A Fine Frenzy after seeing her open a Rufus Wainwright concert a few years back. "Bomb In a Birdcage" is their (or her, since the band is basically a backdrop for... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Tim Brough
5.0 out of 5 stars What a voice!
This album has one great tune after another! What a sweet voice; what inventive images in lyric!
I knew this music before picking up the album; now I can just listen to my... Read more
Published 11 months ago by real big fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Consistent
A band that has been very consistent, love her voice & they always have songs that can stick in your head.
Published 15 months ago by Stehlin G Crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars Again....this bird flies.
Fine Frenzy (both cd's are wonderful !!!) I'm 79 but have just fallen in love with her (voice, lyrics, delivery. music)
Hold on to your heart..... Read more
Published 16 months ago by robert M. Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb in Every Way. Tops.
This album is SUPER!! Every song is good, (unlike some albums where it is hit or miss). This album is very cheerful and fun. Read more
Published 17 months ago by silky69
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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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