One Cell in the Sea
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I think Alison Sudol may have the loveliest voice I have heard since Sarah McLachlan and/or Eva Cassidy. That is a major concession from me. I am a lyrics lover to the core, and so far I am impressed. Maybe I am easy, but you will have to decide for yourself.
Such is the case with A Fine Frenzy. When I heard their album, One Cell in the Sea, I was struck by its dimensionality. With her vocal and writing talents, singer/songwriter Alison Sudol folds our hand into hers and guides us through her mysterious wonderland, conjuring picturesque landscapes with "Come On, Come Out", the excellent "Rangers", "You Picked Me" and "The Minnow and the Trout" and ensnaring us in sumptuous wine-dark woodlands with her intimate offerings "Almost Lover", "Hope for the Hopeless", "Near to You" and "Ashes and Wine".
By the time the final track, "Borrowed Time", concluded, I found myself in a well of thoughts and emotions, albeit delightedly so. Sudol has not only crafted an outstanding and bravely personal album, but a magical world I look forward to visiting time and again.
In the first track, "Come On, Come Out," Sudol sounds most like Canuck Chantal Kreviazuk as she simply sings about life in a poetic metaphor. It's a wonderful intro to the album but doesn't dig too deep into what this album holds. "The Minnow & The Trout" delves more into Sudol's songwriting capabilities as she sings about two completely different things helping each other out. The piano on this track, like most of the album, reminds me of the likes of something you might hear out of Coldplay or even Philip Glass.Read more ›
Again, while she's got armloads of talent, I see little that distinguishes her from her contemporaries -- Anna Nalick, Brandi Carlile and even Vanessa Carlton bring a more unique sound than Sudol. Sara Bareilles would also be a good choice, if only for the tone of her voice. The second coming of women's music, Sudol is not. (And Tori Amos is such an unfair comparison and sets her up for failure in a big -- no, HUGE -- way)
In short: I wasn't as impressed as I expected to be, and given the ridiculously effusive reviews here, it seems only fair to temper them with someone who felt differently (though I see I have already been crucified with the "unhelpful" votes, which always cracks me up, because it usually means you disagree, which: great. Except that it's not really what that button is for).Read more ›
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One of my favourite go-to cd's for when I'm in a mellow, cuddle upon front of the fire mood. There isn't a bad track on the entire albumPublished 2 months ago by sunshinemama
If you like it you will buy it, if you don't why would you. It's a CD.Published 4 months ago by Richyyrich
This is a wonderful CD with intelligent lyrics and great music. Its reputation stems from the graceful "Almost Lover" but there is a lot more to this collection that is... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Frank Baglione
love the fact that the music streams immeditely with out me having to wait for the physical CD. She is an amazing writer i love her music.Published 9 months ago by Frannie Cheska