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I Tried to Rock You But You Only Roll

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I Tried To Rock You But You Only Roll by Leona Naess

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A Sheryl Crow with drum programmers as the motor of her dreams, singer-songwriter Leona Naess delivers an affecting second album. I Tried to Rock You could be an answer to the many listless Sensitive Guys clogging 2001 airwaves; Naess's vulnerability sounds not like a ploy to land her on teen-flick soundtrack albums, but like an honest reaction to the love troubles she's encountered since her debut. Open-hearted but never at a loss when it comes to tapping her own strength, Naess is arched-eyebrow funny when dissing and dismissing a lover in the title track, happily puzzled when admitting in "Sunny Sunday" that "I didn't mean to like u so much." Now that the press has lost interest in focusing on her beauty and privileged background (she is the daughter of Diana Ross's ex-husband Arne Naess), the field is clear for Naess's sensible love songs to resound--as it does perhaps most clearly when she reconfigures a pop-culture watchword to read "boys like you never cry." --Rickey Wright
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 9, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen
  • Run Time: 49 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005PJB0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,190 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I have become totally addicted to this CD since I bought it 2 weeks ago. Not since Heather Nova's "Siren" have I heard a female vocalist whose voice is so engaging. Leona Naess's vocals on this CD are incredible. I bought this CD before I bought her first release "Comatised". While I like "Comatised" also, I like "I Tried To Rock You..." much more. Leona's vocals are more prominent on this album, and I find the songs themselves more "catchy", if you will. There is not a song on the album that I do not like. Great hooks with amazing vocals have had me listening to this disc daily for the last two weeks, not tiring of it yet. I'm seeing her in concert in 10 days & can not wait. Highly recommended if you like Heather Nova or Natalie Imbruglia.
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After hearing Charm Attack just over a year ago, I managed to get hold of Leona Naess' first album in a second-hand store and was slightly disappointed. Whilst it had a few great cuts - Earthquake, Chase, Anything - it felt a bit rushed, but showed a lot of potential. On her second album, Naess has produced the kind of album that most female singer/songwriters can only dream of: heartfelt, intelligent, fragile vocals and catchy. Marking a vast change from Comatised in a lot of ways, this album applies a drum loop and electronic beats to a lot of songs, whilst also retreating to the softer love songs familiar to the first album.
Perhaps most important is the fact that there isn't one duff track on here. Each one is good in its own right, although Boys Like You (a clever hark back to The Cure's classic), the title track, All The Stars and Hurricane stand out. Of course, the question becomes why isn't Leona Naess more popular than she already is? An artist of this quality usually receives their fair share of hype, but Leona has received comparitively little. Whilst it's easy to compare her to other female chanteuses out there she's more upbeat and less poetic than Sarah McLachlan. And she's certainly a lot better than a great deal of the Lilith group following in Sarah's wake. For one, she's cleverer. She knows her relationships inside out and she isn't afraid to wear her heart on her sleeve but, unlike Alanis Morissette per say, she doesn't seem so jaded about love that she can't sing soft tracks that carry you along with her, such as Mexico or Serenade. If comparing Leona to anyone it would probably be as a cross between Amanda Ghost (who also employs dance beats) and Nerina Pallot (vocally they're very similar), which is a high compliment indeed.
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I have been a fan of hers since her debut a few yrs ago..Her 1st album was beautiful..The only gripe i had with it was possibly the lack of flow with the album..it went from slow song to fast song to slow again and so on and so on..
This album is quite a jump forward..She mixes 80's music sounding like Blondie with britpop sounding, hand clapping pop and the result is simply beautiful..Her lyrics are simple but poignant..Alot of songs about love and lost love..but the real star of the show is Leona's voice..it's very versatile..
I'm so impressed by this album..the whole album is just AWESOME..every song..
My favourite so far is Track 11 "Serenade"..The music sounds like something right out of the 50's movie High Society..The whole album reminds me of something i'd want to listen to if i were on a beautful tropical vacation and laying on the beach..Not the beach in an MTV Springbreak kind of way, but in a sitting alone on a secluded beach sipping pina coladas kind of way..
Let's hope radio finally gives female artists a break and starts playing someone other than Michelle Branch..
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Something about Leona Naess's music grabbed hold of me and won't let go. This was as good or better than her most recent effort; she makes it seem effortless to create such memorable music; breezy, ingenuous pop at its best. Especial favorites are "Hurricane," "All The Stars," "I Tried to Rock You," "Sunny Sunday," "Mayor of Your Town." An instant classic. Needless to say, wish I'd given this five stars instead of four. That happens to me a lot ...
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I guess it's quite obvious that I'm a big TRUE fan of Leona Naess. Her follow-up to 'Comatised' is absolutely wonderful! She has a way with these lingering, lyrical rhymes which blend so perfectly into the backing soundscapes. Her voice continues to have a tremendous affect on me, on this well produced second album. I can keep this album on continuous/random play all day, but I think the best/best standouts are "Mexico", "Sunny Sunday", "Weak Strong Heart", "Blue Eyed Baby", "Panic Stricken", "Serenade", "Promise To Try," and the title track. When I first heard "Mexico", I had to pull out my own guitar and jam along. It's a nice up-tempo song that gives you that instant sunny breezy quaint feeling. After hearing Leona's live version of "Sunny Sunday," this song has been constantly stuck in my head. It's a great finger-picking strum song with neat synth effects and a calm vocoder. If you listen very closely, 2:40 to 2:52 is such a wonderful moment in this song. I love how her vocals enter back into this transition, as the sound moves around. Now, that's good production! I couldn't believe what I was hearing, when I got to "Weak Strong Heart". It's such a great song, complete with racing strings, slight DnB beat patterns, a little record scratching, and sudden shifts in pace. It's like a 70s-80s-90s moment all rolled into one. I definitely understand what Leona means when she sings, 'It's so hard to find you in this cold world / designed to bleed you grieve you'. The inside CD lyric flap for this song even appears on a night shot of NYC, with blurred imagery of the Twin Towers, something chilling in and of itself. I guess that lyric line above really does hold truth. "Blue Eyed Baby" could be described as the best of the best of a College Rock-like song.Read more ›
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