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Nina NastasiaAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 8, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Touch & Go Records
  • ASIN: B00023B1H6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,960 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dear Rose
2. Oblivion
3. Judy's In The Sandbox
4. Underground
5. A Dog's Life
6. A Love Song
7. Stormy Weather
8. Smiley
9. Roadkill
10. Nobody Knew Her
11. Too Much Between
12. Jimmy's Rose Tattoo
13. The Long Walk
14. All Your Life
15. 4 Yrs

Editorial Reviews

This re-release by NYC's singer-songwriter is exemplary of her style, with delicate string arrangements, the restrained beauty of her live band, the deceptive simplicity of her voice, and poignant, life-wise lyrics. "[Nina's] songs are very direct without being posy or too clever. There's an attractive air of melancholy without self-pity"--John Peel.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's A Dog's Life June 15, 2004
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At long last, we get Nina's first album re-released! And what a solid debut it is! I was very interested to see how the style Nastasia has evolved through on her 2nd and 3rd albums began, and Dogs rewards with an earlier step in Nina's musical journey. On Dogs, the songs are generally upbeat with Nina singing in the upper register with more of that country twang than she has been known to use as of late (Run to Ruin). Though the music sounds happier at first impression, her lyrical motif of broken dreams, failed relationships and hopeful longing for love is present. The arrangements are less centered on dark moods and the timbre of musical saw (though it IS played) and various percussion do-dads (as it became starting with The Blackened Air), and more electric guitar is used, which is A-OK with me. Beyond comparative issues, the bottom line is this: Dogs features thoughtfully-crafted songs (sometimes short) with somewhat dark lyrics, sung by a beautiful female voice and backed by some interesting instruments. The music is folk-rocky with a hint of country (but not too much, thank heaven). I am, as always, impressed with the songwriting, and appreciate the different style of music from the 2nd and 3rd albums. Can't wait for more!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done again February 24, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I loved BLACKENED AIR so much that after wearing it out I purchased DOGS. Of course both have the wisdom of Steve Albini whirrled in. I am drawn to Nina Nastasia by the simplicity, the front porch elements that seem to slink around behind the barn where the real action goes down. Short well done songs that puntuate the worlds between dark folk and a film score for innocence lost.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for what ails you...bring your own chocolate June 9, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I found Nina Nastasia had 2 songs on NPR..."The Long Walk" and "Stormy Weather". Skeptically listening to her music I was rather unused to it. My creature comforts are a little less kind and more punk.
But hearing Nina and her fellow bandmates, her haunting lyrics and the lowkey music following her dark smokey voice put you at ease. This music should be used in a combo of coffee and chocolate when you just want to feed your aching head & heart.
In "The Long Walk" she seems almost coo "You're covered with sweat, we're hardly there yet, don't be ashamed of yourself". Her words of comfort "just take it slow, its only me" seem so personal. You should be tearfully half done with the chocolate by now. Yet songs like "Stormy Weather" without sacrificing any intimacy, seem to subtly exude the power of a film score. I make no comparisons, but this band makes me think of Cowboy Junkies and Nick Drake. Acoustic guitars work well with other string instruments and minimal percussion. I welcome this alternative to the overly produced music heard all too often.
Do not blame me if you quickly develop a relationship with this CD. Love at your own risk.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Innovative debut February 25, 2008
Format:Audio CD
As with so many of my best-loved artists, I first came across the work of Nina Nastasia listening to John Peel. Only 1,500 copies of the blink-and-you'll-miss-it debut album "Dogs" were pressed by the tiny Socialist label (hence the wry remark, "Thank you, Comrades" in the booklet).

Fortunately, Steve Albini, who recorded the album in October 1999 at his Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago, sent a copy to the nation's favourite deejay, and with his usual keen ear for the original, the inspiring and the raw, he began featuring it heavily on his Radio One show, describing it as "astonishing", although by the time he played it on air, it had already become out of print. She went on to become a regular contributor to the programme, in session, on record, in concert and in performance at Peel Acres, and in 2004 "Dogs", by now with its own cult following, was re-released by Touch And Go.

Judging from the record, Nina clearly has bad days and worse days, and tends to sing about characters who are less fortunate. It is music like this that makes for the most satisfying listen, and Nina is its mistress.

Although a native of Hollywood CA, she spent the nineties in downtown New York, honing her music with partner and musical organizer Kennan Gudjonsson in their Chelsea home. As a result, the record is a distillation of a decade of composing and performing and contains a number of concise, finely-tuned songs that have remained in her concert repertoire, with sparse, eerie arrangements, including A Dog's Life, Stormy Weather (not the standard), Too Much In Between, All Your Life and Jimmy's Rose Tattoo.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty... January 25, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is the first album I have heard in quite sometime that stuck with me so fast. Her simplistic yet powerful sound takes the female singer/songwriter genre to whole new level. Her storytelling techniques are enough to get to the heart of any body who takes the time to listen. She has a beautiful and almost haunting voice, and a downbeat, slow folky guitar sound that i enjoy even though it is simplistic. It takes alot for something to be simplistic yet terribly powerful. All in all, one of my favorite female vocalists.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Execellent
Melodic and haunting, but disciplined, structured and spare at the same time. Lyrics are beautiful, simple and unpretentious -- how many singer/songwriters can say that? Read more
Published on April 15, 2006 by Paul Bibeau
2.0 out of 5 stars Where's The Inspiration?
Nina has quite an effective way of getting under your skin and annoying you till you shut her up. Most songs sound overly uninspired while she sings as if she's making up the words... Read more
Published on December 3, 2005 by Sip
4.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful debut
this is a lovely album, melancholy, subtle and intelligent. it really casts a spell. nina nastasia's voice is sweet but never cloying and her wry, insinuating lyrics give her... Read more
Published on November 30, 2005 by iris mcintyre
5.0 out of 5 stars lets talk about the real
The world seems topheavy with 'singer-songwriters' -most of whom have

little to say. Yet someone at some record company thinks that the one good

song... Read more
Published on October 21, 2005 by Stephen F. Spera
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
Why this album isn't considered an all-time classic already is hard to understand. Not since Joni Mitchell's Blue have I heard such consistently intelligent and elegant... Read more
Published on March 6, 2005 by Scooter
5.0 out of 5 stars pure, clear vocals and lyrics waxing goth poetic
superb listening experience. sort of gothic jazz/blues.
mostly low key - awesome to listen to sipping bourbon/beer on your front porch or soaking in a tub with candles... Read more
Published on June 15, 2004
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