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Dreaming Wide Awake

Lizz WrightAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)

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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: #39,572 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

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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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW where have I been? 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Alpha Wave Music July 4, 2005
Format:Audio CD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely BEATUTIFUL! June 14, 2005
Format:Audio CD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD June 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smooth Like "Honey" July 3, 2005
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Lizz Wright's sophomore album "Dreaming Wide Awake" can be summed up in one word; bold. The soulful vibe is apparent throughout the album with the help of Lizz's sultry voice; although deep in range, it can be simultaneously powerful yet subtle. Although not as jazz-oriented as her debut "Salt," it is easily just as compelling. Highlights include the title track "Dreaming Wide Awake," the bittersweet "Hit The Ground," the smooth "I'm Confessin'," the serene "A Taste of Honey," and my favorite track, the sexy and soothing "Stop," a cover song by Joe Henry (and personally, I'll take Lizz Wright's rendition over Madonna's any day). The one thing noticeable about this album is the semi-non-acoustic approach, which can be both good and bad. It's bad because most would immediately categorize it as run-of-the-mill lounge music. On the contrary, it's a cappella characteristic allows the listener to appreciate the voice, rather than over-producing and therefore covering up. Although it won't appeal to all, "Dreaming Wide Awake" is ultimately an album that is sufficient in exceptional songs and is only lacking in an audience.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Two albums in, already my No. 1 female artist. August 11, 2005
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Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Serene
Beautiful, thick voice with confidence - not too big and not too simple, I love Lizz Wright; perfect at the end of the day.
Published 3 months ago by Daryck Monroe
5.0 out of 5 stars Lizz Wright is RIGHT
What a velvety, rich voice and what heart-tugging music that purges the soul. I will look for later albums after I soak this one up.
Published 8 months ago by Elizabeth Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Got it for my husband who is really into music and he hadn't heard of her before but loves the CD.
Published 9 months ago by J. Taub
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant vocalist with real soul and a quiet strength
I'm wishy-washy -- I can't name a favorite group, favorite song, or favorite album ... even to myself, I'll name as many as six or eight favorites across different genres, or not... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Talón de Brea
5.0 out of 5 stars PURE PERFCTION
I love Lizz Wright...she has the voice of an angel!!! Pure Bliss!!!
I highly reccommend this and all of her CD's. You will fall in love with her just like me.
Published 11 months ago by Seneca Schilbinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Amaxing!!
This CD was bought for my husband for Valentine's Day. He loved it and after listening to it so did I. Lizz Wright has such a smooth singing voice. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Lady Esk
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I saw a You Tube video of Lizz Wright performing with Bernice Johnson Reagon - my favorite singer - and I was amazed at Lizz' voice. Of course anyone who Dr. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ted
5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy
This music was purchased for a very special event. I did not know this artist, but Lizz Wright has impressed both me and my husband, and we will be purchasing more of her music. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Rese P
5.0 out of 5 stars True Artist - Beautiful Voice - Great Sonics
If you enjoy real music created by real musicians, and you care about the quality of a recording/mix, then you will love this artist and her albums. Read more
Published on December 3, 2011 by uthaman
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreaming Wide Awake
This music is from the soul of the artist it is breath taking and mind thinking for the listener, yes I mean you will play this CD again, and again. I Love It........
Published on July 12, 2011 by Azalee
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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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