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The third full-length from A Fine Frenzy, PINES will be released on Virgin Records. This imaginative fable about a pining tree who is given the unheard-of
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,
their namesake.
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.

1. Pinesong
2. Winds Of Wander
3. Avalanches (Culla's Song)
4. Riversong
5. The Sighting
6. Dream In The Dark
7. Sailingsong
8. Sadseasong
9. They Can't If You Don't Let Them
10. Dance Of The Gray Whales
11. It's Alive
12. Now Is The Start
13. Untitled (Grasses Grow)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 16, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B008R3EYD6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,153 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Alaska Pines on October 16, 2012
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Alison has always proven to be an amazing storyteller and she showcases her skills even more so on Pines. Many of the songs are slow but they are hauntingly beautiful. The songs have layers of depth but are simplistic in style; you can tell that every note, every sound, every instrument in the music was put there intentionally to help tell the story that Alison wanted told.

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.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Scotty Dee on October 17, 2012
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Upon first listen, I must admit that I was somewhat disappointed. I read the early reviews (one in particular) that mentioned a lack of identity and theme. There were enough good songs in her offering for me to give the CD more of a chance. What I noticed was that the artist seemed to be blending the success that she experienced in both her first and second CDs. While some of the songs were upbeat and reminded me of her second CD (Bomb in A Birdcage), when pitted alongside the slower ballads, they seemed just a tad out of place. When rearranging the order of the "Pine" tracks, I discovered what I quietly and hopefully suspected--that is: this CD surpasses her other two in both depth and maturity. If you are curious, listen to the tracks in the following order: #3,#1,#9,#7,#5,#13,#10,#12,#4,#8,#11,#2,& #6.

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".
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kaja Swenson on October 26, 2012
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I was so excited for this album.
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.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K8johns on October 16, 2012
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I agree that this album is completely different from anything that AFF has previously released.

That said, I cannot remember a time when I was so moved by the vulnerability of an album.

"Riverside" might be the most beautiful thing I have ever heard, I almost wept. My only real complaint is that the up tempo songs that were added, felt like they were added to bring some diversity, but didn't fit the overall theme of the album. This is a very chill, peaceful, relaxing album and those additional songs really just don't follow the organic direction that the rest of the album was taking.

Overall, it felt like a journey. She sticks to the "pines, nature, outdoors, peace" theme really well without feeling like she was trying too hard.

Let's face it, an artist this talented, with such an exquisite and unique sound, could make an album of her reading the phone book and it'd still be a million times better than half the other auto-tuned, over processed garbage out there. This girl is a real artist and while it's not exactly like everything else she's put out, it was still a joy to take this journey. She pretty much had me at "Riverside" but the whole album is a real joy. If you love her voice, this won't fail you.
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its available now but amazon hasn't updated it.... its good to go on itunes currently
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