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chance (for a conifer) to make a life of her own choosing was crafted
by Sudol in response to our accelerating pace of life in the 21st century.
Drawing inspiration from the redwood forests and dramatic landscapes
of Northern California and Washington s Cascade Mountains, the thirteen
new original songs survey a sonic landscape as vast and deep as the woods,
A sensory experience of music, storytelling and emotion, the adventure of
PINES is further realized in a companion e-book and short fi lm. The animated
fi lm PINES integrates hand-cut sets, puppets, stop motion, physical effects,
and layered glass to augment the depth and texture of the fi lm. The e-book
is a collaboration with illustrator Jen Lobo, whose aesthetic Sudol chose for
her blend of scientifi c precision and whimsical beauty.
Since A Fine Frenzy s 2007 debut One Cell In The Sea, which spawned the
hit Almost Lover, Sudol has proven herself a consummate, imaginative
storyteller. Produced by Keefus Green (Everlast, Cassandra Wilson, Joe
Henry, Benji Hughes), and recorded at the legendary Capitol Studios, PINES rekindles Sudol s childlike sense of wonder after her 2009 electro-pop outing Bomb
In A Birdcage.
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The emotions throughout the album ebb and flow with each song. There are periods where the songs are slow, and even a bit sad, and then a faster track kicks in. I feel that the album needs to be viewed as a whole, and not necessarily picked apart song by song. It represents a person finding themself, (which is resolved at the end, made clear by songs like "It's Alive" and "Now Is The Start") but not before long periods of sadness and frustration. It may be a bit shocking to hear a faster track amidst a sea of sadder songs but it is true to life; our emotions change minute by minute, day by day, and I feel that the album does an excellent job of making that point and taking you on the rollercoaster of emotions a person feels while trying to figure out who they are.
This is her most personal album yet and the emotion and conviction with which she sings the songs makes that evident. This album is a true beauty.
To truly appreciate this CD, one must pay close attention to both the lyrics and the message that she is trying to convey. This is a very spiritual record that focuses on the importance of self-acceptance and moving forward in life. From what I can tell, Allison is more than a capable teacher; she is a master and we are her apprentices! While she alludes to events within her own life journey, this is the type of record that the listener can truly take to heart and relate their own life experiences to. This, I think, is what makes "Pines" so compelling. This CD is focused on conveying an honest and uplifting message meant for all who will take the time to listen.
Some of "Pines" many musical highlights are as follows:
Track #1--Pinesong is about waking up from a broken dream and "pining" toward the next moment. She begins, "The time has come for giving up/I have lost/I wanted to become what I cannot".Read more ›
I bought One Cell In The Sea back when it came out in 2007, and I liked it a lot. Her sweet voice and piano captured me into buying her second album, Bomb In A Birdcage, in 2009. I absolutely fell in love with this album. It took her music to the next level, a little more upbeat, and her song-writing abilities shined like never before. Alison has inspired my own music greatly and my lyrics. I cover her songs a lot when I play live.
I saw on twitter she was making a new album called Pines. I saw the "album trailer" on YouTube and got even more excited.
Finally, after months of waiting, Pines was released and I went out to buy it.
I popped it in my computer, put on my skullcandy headphones, closed my eyes and gave it a listen. I'm writing this review as I listen to the album for the second time.
1. The opening song, Pinesong, I was very impressed with. It begins with a haunting cello, then brings in an acoustic guitar duet. Alison's voice is as beautiful as ever. More beautiful than the previous albums, which is why this review has three stars. It gets a little more exciting with drums and bass. But I emphasize the word "little."
2. I thought the next track would be more exciting. But no. Winds of Wander opens with quiet birds chirping, then a relatively boring guitar melody. Alison's voice really shines, but it's wasted on a melody that is very boring. In comes some piano, and cello. Honestly, this track really has nothing special about it. It's boring. Just boring.
3. Next comes Avalanches (Culla's Song). Alison's lyrics shine. "You bring light and second chances" really pops out to me. This song is much more what you would have heard on One Cell.
4. Riversong begins with a slow and full-sounding piano.Read more ›
ONE CELL IN THE SEA was a pretty straight-forward pop record. Sudol's voice and piano were frequently dominating the mix, but at the core of it, the album was a solid work from a great songwriter. Her second full-length album, BOMB IN A BIRDCAGE, was a bit different. It didn't feel exactly like a pop record -- Sudol's willingness to try new things made the album different from its predecessor and (at least for me) a great success. Alison Sudol's third album really comes from left field. Because BOMB IN A BIRDCAGE dabbled in atmostpherics and electronics, I was expecting something similar, but PINES a stripped down, minimalist affair.
From the very first track, it's obvious that this album is going to be different than anything A Fine Frenzy has ever done before. The introductory track, "Pinesong" is slow to begin, and it leads with a wonderful acoustic guitar riff. The only thing recognizable here is Alison Sudol's wonderful voice -- these songs do have hints of her songwriting, but for the most part, it feels dramatically different. I honestly don't know if I have seen such a leap in songwriting: PINES is mature, confident, and vulnerable. "Riversong" feels like a reverent prayer to nature, and "Dream in the Dark" barely contains more than just Sudol's vocals. This song sets the pace for most of the songs to come, and mostly, the spare, lonely atmospheres that are created here having a huge beating heart at the core of them.Read more ›
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If you like it you buy it. If you don't then why would you it's a CDPublished 1 month ago by Richyyrich
I wish to apologize abjectly, profusely, sincerely, and with great embarrassment for my endorsement of the music of A Fine Frenzy (AFF). Read morePublished 2 months ago by Frank Baglione
This album was a disappointment after falling in love with A Fine Frenzy's album "One Cell in the Sea". Read morePublished 9 months ago by Anonymous
I loved A Fine Frenzy's first two albums so much that I bought this one despite what I had heard about it. It is rather lackluster almost the entire way through. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Charles Mcdougald
I like "A Fine Frenzy" very much. Clearly alternative but gentle and soothing. Her album, "Pines" seems to be more "project" oriented and has a storyline to... Read morePublished 11 months ago by EnergyPlus
I only bought the one song The Sighting. So I'm giving 4 stars on just the 1 song. I connected to this song the most. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Romeo Romeo
No where near as good as One Cell in the Sea. Her voice in that album does project a charming vulnerability. Read morePublished 18 months ago by JMM