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Another Black Feather

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. From the bottom up
  2. Nola
  3. Venezuela
  4. Another Black Feather
  5. Banks of the Edisto
  6. It's the day of Atonement, 2001
  7. Showdown
  8. Right for Me
  9. All Over Again
  10. Hope She'll be Happier
  11. The Miracle


Product Details

  • 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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These days, I find myself buying more and more music by artists that I've never heard of - my latest 'discovery' is this album by American singer-songwriter Dayna Kurtz.

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.
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I've been listening to this for a couple of months and the more I hear it, the more I like it. I was sitting, listening and clicked it up on Amazon just to see how others feel about it. I'm astonished to see NO reviews. Maybe because it transcends genres? Whatever the reason, this should have received a lot more attention than it's gotten. My favorite is the haunting ballad, Venezula, but every track on it is a gem.

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.
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Count me among those who think this album is great. She does defy genres. I love the way she talks about the

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.
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I would have to say my favorite song is the haunting "banks on the edisto"--sometimes I reach for this CD just to play that one song, a graceful eulogy for a friend who is gone. There is a lot of poetry on this album and definitely a mix of styles. This is not your easy-to-swallow pop music with bland lyrics, it is definitely a deeper and richer type of music that can be difficult to catagorize. I think this album reminds me that musical artists offer us a world of poetry and a glimpse into other people's lives. I also find myself humming/singing to myself "venezuala" and "another black feather." The sentiment of "right for me" always puts a smile on my face. You'll enjoy this album if you like independent and original voices in music.
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This album might well have been called "A Different Drummer," illustrating Dayna's wide-ranging, off-beat, compelling talent. I don't ordinarily consider myself a "fan" in the popular sense of the word, but in this case I am unabashedly a fan of Dayna Kurtz and her unique take on life and the world as expressed in her music.

This is a ten-star collection in a five-star rating system.

Wayne Manning
Auburn, CA
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