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A Fine Frenzy is actually just a fine young singer-songwriter from Seattle, born Alison Sudol. A self-taught piano player, on her debut album she pairs sweeping orchestral arrangements with dreamlike lyrics inspired by the classic works of fantasy writers like CS Lewis, EB White, and Lewis Carroll. Add to that a propensity for frilly shirts and cryptic song titles such as "The Minnow & the Trout" and you half-expect to find a back alley Joanna Newsom. Instead Sudol specializes in accessible pop epics, the kind of songs that fit perfectly over the end credits of a great Hollywood tearjerker. Despite the gentle melancholia that runs through "Ashes and Wine" and "You Picked Me," each tune arrives wrapped in an exuberant melody and topped by the singer's commanding voice. On the disc's standout moment, "Almost Lover," she shows she can do simplicity as well, musing over a sublime piano medley, "Shoulda known you'd bring me heartache/ Oh, most lovers always do." --Aidin Vaziri
A Fine Frenzy is the music of 21 year-old Alison Sudol.
Born in Seattle to dramatic-arts teacher parents, Alison moved to Los Angeles at the age five. With her newly single mother, Alison moved frequently around the city. She developed a strong love for the fantastic literary worlds of CS Lewis, EB White, Lewis Carroll and Charles Dickens, while becoming a passionate author in her own right.
Alison also immersed herself in classical music, Motown, Aretha Franklin, swing bands, Ella Fitzgerald, Elton John, Louis Armstrong, the Beatles, Technicolor movies and classic 1950's television.
After teaching herself to play piano, Alison increasingly invested her internal narratives into song form. She found solace in the melodic melancholia of new global British bands Aqualung, Radiohead, Coldplay and Keane, etc... She was also moved by the diatonic minimalism of Philip Glass and the transportive allure of Icelandic music (Bjork, Sigur Ros.) Inspired, Alison developed the sound of A Fine Frenzy - hypnotic piano arrangements under classic American melody fused into irresistible, atmospheric songs with the power to reach around the world.
|1. Come On, Come Out|
|2. The Minnow & The Trout|
|4. You Picked Me|
|6. Almost Lover|
|7. Think of You|
|8. Ashes and Wine|
|9. Liar, Liar|
|10. Last of Days|
|12. Near To You|
|13. Hope for the Hopeless|
|14. Borrowed Time|
I have always been a fan of female songwriter/vocalist/piano/guitar artists- Carly Simon, Aimee Mann, Joni Mitchell, Suzanne Vega, Tori Amos etc. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Christopher Henrici
What a terrific album. Very light and enjoyable. I love her voice.Published 4 months ago by Veatta Berry
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I have heard that. Oddly enough another album that is a favorite of mine this year 'Allright, Still" by lily Allen also has at least one moment with a similar record player sound. i even think it comes at the beginning of a song like the one on this album!
Oct 25, 2007 by jed clampett | See all 3 posts
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