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Alannah

4.4 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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Import only pressing of her 1995 album that is long out-of-print in the US. EMI. 2005.

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For starters, the Led Zeppelin III/misty mountain acoustic rock that dominates Myles's third album is a vast improvement over the lush overkill of 1993's Rockinghorse. Secondly, blues-based tunes like "Family Secret" and "Dark Side of Me" will work as rugged, long-overdue "Black Velvet" sequels. Third, she finds a voice for the ol' softie within on fantasias like "Irish Rain" and "Do You Really Want to Know Me." Fourth, she isn't afraid to get adventurous ("Lightning in a Bottle") or risk looking like a prat ("Mistress of Erzulie"). --Jeff Bateman
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 19, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002J7A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,569 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I have Alannah's first three CDs, and love them all. They are all done in different styles.
The first one is hard, raunchy rock and roll, with a couple slow sultry songs (including Black Velvet) thrown in.
Rockinghorse gets slammed a lot, unjustly IMO. It is slick and maybe somewhat overproduced, but has some great rockin' tunes and great ballads. Alannah has a wonderful voice.
This, her third CD, explores folk- and blues-based music. Again, fast or slow, hard or soft, she does them all justice. Mistress of Erzulie, Family Secret, Blow Wind Blow, Dark Side of Me are the standouts.
I wish we'd hear more from her.
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Given how Alannah's second album Rockinghorse quickly hit the bargain bins, I was surprised Atlantic Records decided to keep her on for one more album. She was dropped after this third album, which from the getgo, has a stronger, more consistent sound overall. I get the sense of the wandering troubadour, hard-bitten lonely soul who's tasted life and all its bittersweet flavours. There are good songs here, and she even tries out some new sounds, such as folk and bluegrass, Celtic folk, and they work well for her.
She does continue to explore the lonely evening night life and its adventures in the blues rock of "Mistress of Erzulie," Erzulie being the Haitian goddess of love.
She plays with folky blues in "Blow Wind Blow", which spells out more of life's maxims. "Life comes true/in spite of/everything we do/you gotta learn to laugh/when the joke is played on you." So for everyone, she raises a toast: "So may you never end/all my sweet and ragged friends/won't you raise your glasses, your voice/and your will to fight/cause your life belongs to you."
Her sweeter voice comes through in the slow melodic blues of "Family Secret", about rumours that spring after a father's death and the mysterious woman that comes into his money, and how the truth is bent among the community. This sports the dark bluesy sound that made "Black Velvet" a hit, but given the subject matter, not something that would make a single.
Rocking blues time with "Mother Nature", which sports mandolin and accordion like "Blow Wind Blow." She sings of how sweet Mother Nature tastes when two are in love, "like Tahitian orchids", according to her.
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I love Alannah Miles, but this album was a little inconsistent for me. Some of these songs may take you a listen or two to appreciate them if you were expecting "Black Velvet". More traditional music mixed with bluesy rock. She has the ability to be sweet and raw in juxtaposition.
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I had this CD stolen from car one late Sunday night and have missed it ever since. Whoever has it I hope you are giving it the care and respect it deserves for this CD is something truly rare.
I had liked "Black Velvet" from the first album and actually ordered it from Columbia House and they sent me "Alannah" instead. Their mistake was my fortune as I immediately got hooked on it. It was in my CD player all the time, which I guess contributed to it's eventual theft. There was much more I think of herself thrown into this one than her previous two albums and it paid off for her. "Do You Really Want to Know Me?" was an awesome song that really helped me open up to someone who I am thankful to call a friend and this whole CD is just good medicine. I'm so glad it became available again because it was hard to find for the longest time. Buy it! You won't regret it!
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Alannah offers something to the pop music scene that is too often ignored: sheer raw talent ! She also continues to amaze me how she carries the torch for the other great gals of true rock music of the past like Heart, Pat Benatar, and yes, even Tina Turner... On this title she offers much of the same found on her debut except with more of a blues-folk pallet.Nothing is mediocre,commercialized, overproduced or forgettable.Whether she releses her vocals at full throttle or seductively croons and whispers a ballad she is able to take on the color of each tune effortlessly. This title will not disappoint whether you are a fan or not !
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