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The album cover may contain a hint: gone is the perhaps slightly fragile and shy look of Sudol on 'One Cell in the Sea', and in comes a sassy, in-your-face image of the artist as a determined, daring woman. However, lest I am worrying fans of her debut album, there are some overlaps and similarities in the music. Alison Sudol the poet is still very much there, and the lyrics of the new tracks continue to use beautiful and memorable imagery and expressions. Also, there are some songs that pick up from her earlier style, perhaps in particular 'Happier', 'Bird of the Summer', 'The Beacon' and 'Swan Song'; the latter is an extraordinarily beautiful expression of loss and regret, and one of my favourite tracks. Perhaps the first single from the album, 'Blow Away', is something of a bridge between the old and the new A Fine Frenzy, with powerful melody but also a punchy beat. This song also shows off her strong vocal range, as she manages to deliver part rock anthem and part operatic aria in a song that unites these styles quite easily and very successfully.
And then there are other songs where Sudol makes use of various styles that have informed her music, including jazz, rock and even country.Read more ›
I thank all the people who took time to actually listen to this record a few times before reviewing. In particular a lady who said she was doing a marathon on her bike, i think, and she listened to 'elements' over and over and just loved it. My daughter, too, didn't like One Cell at all -- but I just, down stairs, heard her listening to "Happier" from BIAB, which I love, too. I was kind of starting to wonder if my 13 yo had any taste at all but catching her listening to AFF gave me hope for her lol. This record is epicly-grand. It's bigger than One Cell which was quieter and sweeter, and frankly, perfect in every possible way. BIAB, tho, like fine wine or diamonds-mined, takes a little time to appreciate - not becuase it's a pill you need to swallow, but because it is deeper, bigger, grander, and perhaps more evocative in places than it's predecessor. Much of us don't like wine when we first taste it. But like AFF's new album, as our palates evolve in sophistication, the more you appreciate A Fine Frenzy and it's etheral, monumental loveliness.
Buy it, listen to it, enjoy it!
I loved her first CD and this one is more of the same goodness. Songs like "Elements" call up the passions and storms of love, much as "Ashes and Wine" on the first CD. Songs like "Electric Twist" rock out and will have your foot tapping for sure. And the boppy "Blow Away" will have you dancing and singing if you are alive on this earth.
What a fine songwriter and what an artistic force. She is like an elemental spirit, a whirling dervish, the yin-yang of pure joy and utter sadness. She is a delightful, pure expression of creative beauty, joy of life, hope, turmoil, contradiction, commitment. Anyone who could write "Last of Days" (from her first CD, One Cell in the Sea) is someone worth listening to and here's more. Be glad.
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I discovered A Fine Frenzy right here and now I am absolutely hooked! Beautiful voice, stunning songs!Published 24 days ago by Stephanie Conrad
No birds were harmed in the making of this remarkable music. Birdcage picks up where Alison Sudol and A Fine Frenzy Left off in the 2007 One Cell in the Sea and geometrically... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Frank Baglione
excellent sound quality and Allison just does her thing....wonderful CD as is Pines and One Cell in the Sea....get all three CDPublished 15 months ago by Clayton Spires
I found this album by accident since I have a song from another CD from them. I like most of the songs on there but there is one that is a repeat for me, What I wouldn't do. Read morePublished 22 months ago by E. Gray
Not a great album. There was nothing about this album that stood out; the last song is the best song, but the rest are lacking in luster. Disappointed.Published 22 months ago by Lauren