- Audio CD (June 13, 2006)
- Original Release Date: June 13, 2006
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Kismet / Mri
- ASIN: B000FIHJJW
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #361,064 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Before buying it, I also checked the samples from 2 earlier albums - these have something of a late-night blues/cabaret-jazz feel to them. By contrast, 'Another Black Feather' has a quite a different focus - it contains music which I'd describe as 'darkly opulent folk-americana'. Only 2 songs, 'All Over Again' and 'Hope She'll Be Happier', have much in common with the music on those earlier albums; they are the only covers of songs written by other artists (Johnny Cash and Bill Withers respectively) - the remaining songs are written by Dayna (1 co-written).
As singer-songwriter albums go, there is little which is conventional about the music on this album (or any of her others, I would imagine) :
THE VOCALS - Dayna possesses a husky, brooding alto (Annie Lennox immediately springs to mind) which can send both shivers up your spine and shards through your synapses. She often starts a song with a soft delivery but then switches to a much edgier style, and during the latter part of 'It's The Day of Atonement 2001', she almost snarls the lyrics. Many of the songs feature harmony/backing vocals to lend extra texture to the music, including low-key contributions on 2 songs from purveyor of gravelly backwoods folk-blues, Malcolm Holcombe
THE SONGS - Dayna's own songs are melodramatic and centred around themes of personal nostalgia.Read more ›
I understand she's wildly popular in Europe. She deserves much more attention on this side of the Atlantic by anyone who enjoys intelligent, adult music. Do yourself a favor and buy this one.
way her 'muse' gets in the way of relationships while defining them too. And the 'protest' song "Day of Atonement" is one of the best post-9/11 ones I've heard, even if you don't agree with all the sentiments there-- being tired of extremism masquerading as religious cant & the use of klezmer touches/French cabaret works for me. I like the 'post Katrina' tribute to New Orleans too-- touching to me. And the personal ones are even better. I love the jazzy cover of Johnny Cash's rarely done "All Over Again," which she makes her own IMO. If there's world-weariness here to an extent, it's articulate and luminous--to me anyway. I like her other albums too for different aspects. This one really brilliant again in its own way.
This is a ten-star collection in a five-star rating system.
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Wonderful album - I find myself reading the lyrics as I listen and am amazed - also love singing along as the phrasing and melodies are challenging and nice.Published 15 months ago by DEWard
I heard "Venezuela" recently on the radio and decided to buy the cd solely because of it. Good decision because I'm amazed by the her voice and her songs. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Richard L. Crank
Dayna Kurtz completely transcends genres and description. Why she isn't more well known in the States is a mystery - the fans in Europe just might be a bit more sophisticated and... Read morePublished on November 7, 2006 by Cath