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Bomb in a Birdcage

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2009 sophomore release. A Fine Frenzy is sophisticated alternative Pop that appeals to a mature teen and college aged female audience, but can also be shared with their parents. She is the rare artist who benefits from further exploration as the more you listen to or learn about the artist, the more devoted you become and the more apt you are to tell a friend. While Bomb In A Birdcage has the same beauty and musical depth as the 2007 debut One Cell In A Sea, it is improved by a wonderfully developed pop sensibility. Infectious, bubbly, fun, this album will give us the opportunity to build on the amazing word-of-mouth foundation that has been built for A Fine Frenzy and launch her as a major star. Besides being an intuitive songwriter and musician, she's also an accomplished writer and she is currently working on her second book, a children's book which she hopes to publish in the coming year.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. What I Wouldn't Do
  2. New Heights
  3. Electric Twist
  4. Blow Away
  5. Happier
  6. Swan Song
  7. Elements
  8. World Without
  9. Bird Of The Summer
  10. Stood Up
  11. Beacon


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 8, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • ASIN: B0029LHW4K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,605 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Ferdinand von Prondzynski on September 8, 2009
Format: Audio CD
The debut album by A Fine Frenzy, 'One Cell in the Sea', has over the past year or two been gathering an increasingly strong fan base for Alison Sudol and her band. It was an album of poetic, sometimes haunting songs; and the first single from that album, 'Almost Lover', propelled her to stardom, with huge success both in her native America and in continental Europe. For those who might have been expecting her new album to continue in the same style, 'Bomb in a Birdcage', may come as a surprise.

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.
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Bomb in a Birdcage (BIAB) was a 50/50 love/dislike at first; I was surprised at my own reaction. Now? I am listening to it instead of One Cell in the Sea. One Cell was a masterpiece that I would take to a desert island if I only had one CD. It might not ever be recreated - but nor should it be. She's not the same person either. She's changed, I've changed, you've changed since it was recorded. Supposition aside, this record is experimentally-wonderful as the first. I was expecting One Cell in the Sea Part Two. So when I heard BIAB I was a bit mentally confused. The reason being, I think, is the use of syntisizers (sp?) and a heavier drum beat in some of the songs you don't associate the first record with. But I can just about nearly promise you if you listen to it a few times, you'll start getting hooked on this song - then that song - then pretty soon you're in love with all of it.

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.
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By D on September 8, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I usually go for strange, arty music, and it's rare that I enjoy what I think of as "music for Target ads". It's not easy to create music with such simple, sweet melodies, without it being dull and uninspired. But Alison Sudol did it once, and now she's done it again. The great opening track has me bobbing my head and humming along, and the album continues to hold my interest all the way through the beautiful closer "Beacon", with just a couple tracks in the middle that drag a bit. Bomb in a Birdcage couldn't have been released at a more appropriate time of year, because it's perfect music for late summer and fall.
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This is a great CD -- excellent songs, great artist, wonderful voice, good production values, beautiful music...yada yada yada.

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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