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  • Audio CD (June 14, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve Forecast
  • ASIN: B00096S3RM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,222 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Lizz Wright’s sophomore release, Dreaming Wide Awake is a gorgeous, floating atmospheric journey. Her deep, rich alto, matched by a similarly incredible depth of emotion, makes for a beautiful, timeless record. Highlights include a bluegrass-tinged cover of Neil Young’s "Old Man," a gorgeously sultry version of Joe Henry’s "Stop" (better known as "Don’t Tell Me," as covered by Madonna), and the Youngbloods' positivity-tipped "Get Together." But not all highlights are cover tunes. Wright, along with songwriter Jesse Harris and Toshi Reagon, created the achingly beautiful "Hit the Ground," while Chocolate Genius (a.k.a. Marc Anthony Thompson) scribed "Chasing Strange," and Wright penned the jazz-tinged title track on her own. --Denise Sheppard

Product Description

With Dreaming Wide Awake Lizz Wright more than fulfills the promise of her much-praised 2003 debut, Salt. Evocative songs and rootsy arrangements highlight the beauty of Wright's voice and the soulful honesty of her singing as she journeys deeper into the singer-songwriter tradition. On this powerfully intimate new CD, Lizz Wright radiates authenticity and passion. Verve. 2005.

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Wonderful soulful, folkish voice.
Psboston7
Every song on this CD is good and about half of them are great.
Louise Blake
I'll be playing these CDs for a long time.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Psboston7 on November 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Picked up this CD by chance and LOVE LOVE LOVE it. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon. Wonderful soulful, folkish voice. Softer than Tracy Chapman along the same lines almost as Norah Jones for sure, but in the package of a sistah. Definately not as Jazzy as Cassandra Wilson but that is okay because her voice holds itself well. Songs vary they do not all sound a like which is something that I definately look for in my CD's I have recently purchased about 20 CD's within the last 2 weeks and Liz has remained at the top of my WOULD buy for friends list.

In my CD player at home that plays random I keep this CD in if I am in the mood for some light relaxing music along with Kem "Kem", Norah Jones "Come Away with Me", Terence Blanchard "Flow", Ray LaMontagne "Trouble" and Michael Franks "Anthology-The Art of Love" GREAT CD's to just have on random selection you just can't go wrong.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Rick Cornell VINE VOICE on July 4, 2005
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The much acclaimed, young singer, Lizz Wright, starts out this sophomore album with a terrific version of "A Taste of Honey", done here as a duet with Bill Frisell's bottleneck acoustic guitar. Imagine Robert Johnson doing this tune, and you have the idea. It does exactly what an opener is supposed to do, which is to grab your attention and make you listen further.

Yet, for as good as her original title track is, strangely enough I think the cut that defines this album is Ms. Wright's take on the old Tin Pan Alley tune, "I'm Confessin'." This album is a confessional. But when I think of this tune, I think of the dramatic way Lena Horne used to do it. This is no Lena Horne copy: Ms. Wright does the song as a confessional to a kind, loving God.

And the whole album is like that. The old Youngbloods tune, "Get Together", is done as though the whole world really could "get together, right now." Marc Anthony Thompson drops by for a cover of his "When I Close My Eyes", and as done here, Ms. Wright makes it sound like something Marvin Gaye might have done from "What's Goin' On." This is one of those albums where you can definitely say that "God was in the House that day."

Ms. Wright has a strong contralto, reminiscent of Cassandra Wilson's. But nothing here is sung above mezzo-forte; and if you take out "Trouble" and "Stop", above a mezzo piano. In that sense, she's more like Shirley Horn. Really, she's an original: people in the future will be comparing other singers to Lizz Wright. One thing is for certain: Lizz Wright has one of the most superbly controlled voices among all modern popular music singers.

If you are about to embark on an uncomfortable journey on an airplane, and you need calming, don't take a valium. Instead, put this album into your Ipod and listen. This is alpha wave music, guaranteed to put your alpha waves in order. Through the first 6 months of 2005, this album is truly one of the best of the year. RC
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Paulyboy on June 14, 2005
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Lizz is rightfully on her way to earning the title of the "modern day Nina Simone". On this follow up album to the powerful, soulful, jazzy, and extremely heartfelt 'Salt' debut, Lizz expands her repetoire to include a more earthly and raw sound. Her voice is unbelievable and her pure talent is undeniable. My favorite track on this new record is by far "Trouble", but there are many other favorites to speak about. Take a listen and you will know...this young princess is on her way to becoming a Queen!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By V. Colombo on June 21, 2005
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If, after listening to the song samples here on Amazon, you think you might like this CD, buy it and you won't be disappointed. I can't fathom why anyone who likes the general Lizz Wright/Norah Jones style of music (not trying to lump them together or anything) wouldn't love this CD. Her voice is incredible, the music is relaxing and moving at the same time, the lyrics ring true. Really a good CD. Her first album is more diverse in sound and style from song to song, but this newest release is so strong I can't find fault with the consistency it displays.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Manuel on August 11, 2005
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I respectfully disagree with some of the reviewers on here and I'm gonna explain why. First off, Lizz strikes me as one of those artists that truly follows whatever path their muse takes them. In this case, she winds up embracing a sparser, more acoustic sound on her sophomore release which nicely serves to frame her thick-as-molasses, sweet-as-honey vocals in the process. Second of all, I had the honor and good fortune of actually seeing Lizz perform live with her band at an indie music retailer here in LA just recently. All I have to say is that if you didn't like the direction she went in this time because of how radically different the arrangements were compared to her more jazz-laden debut, the sizable crowd that showed up certainly had no problem with it! They were too busy being mesmerized by Wright's powerful voice and how it seemed to inspire her bandmates to play even better as a result. YES, I do believe her star truly shines brightest in a live setting. I mean when she sings it's as if she's making love to the audience (and I mean that in the most SINCERE way possible, lol!).

I think if there's one thing Lizz can still work on, it would probably have to be the inclusion of more originals on her next album (my sole reason for not giving this CD 5 stars). I already knew she had the voice, but man does she flex considerable chops in the songwriting dept! One of my favorite tracks from her new release just happens to be Trouble, which is one of her own compositions. She wound up perfoming it as a fitting way to close out the set that day and proceeded to cut loose right then and there. I really feel it has the potential to be a signature song for her down the road.
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I've got to agree with you W. Waisala, Wright should be more popular. I am indeed fortunate as an Atlanta native, because I remember Lizz as a student singing with the Atlanta Jazz Vocal Group "In the Spirit." Ms. Wright and I share Georgia roots.

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I just happened to see your post. There are no videos of Lizz Wright's performance at the NAACP Awards available for purchase. I do hope that she will do a version of "Here's To Life" for an album in the near future.

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