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Life on the Fly

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Revolver
  • ASIN: 5559698849
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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By Dan Wallace on November 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Azita succeeds in two areas where most songwriters fail: (1) she is an honest writer who creates challenging, sincere, beautiful, catchy music that doesn't break boundaries so much as it ignores them; (2) she manages to take freely from the best elements of the history of popular music while remaining wholly original.

The first time I heard her (Chicago, 2004), she was playing electric piano as an opening act. I went because I wanted to hear this "unique" songwriter I'd occasionally read about, although I wasn't sure of what to make of her at the show. There was something intriguing about the music and her unique vocal character, but it was so different that I was a little perplexed. The song "Yours For Today" did grab me though, and I knew I wanted to give her more listens, so I bought the CD.

"Life On the Fly" is now one of my favorite albums. It's one of those go-to CD's I can put on when I don't know what I'm in the mood for. I always love it. Most of the songs here are great, but "Yours For Today" remains my favorite, with its beautiful, lilting harmonies that ooze all over its poignant and utterly original (yet oddly classic sounding) melodies.

Her voice and music might take getting used to, but once it sinks in you'll be singing along as if it were one of those famous Beatles albums people are always talking about. Who knows if Azita will seep directly into the mainstream, but advancements in art tend to come from the work of singularly visionary individuals, and Azita is certainly of that ilk. I hope she manages to at least influence the direction Pop music takes in the next few years.

I also recommend her equally brilliant debut pop album: Enantiodromia. (Note that she has a previous life as a highly experimental no-wave front-woman for bands that I have not heard but are acclaimed in certain circles, particularly in the Chicago area.)
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This is a wonderful album. Life on the Fly sounds like a modern version of Carol King's Tapestry, with a updated, hardened rock influenced.

Among the rock numbers and ballads, Azita also does some experiments, such as weaving her vocals in between the sparest of paino lines. All the songs are extremely well written, and never rely on stock chord changes.

The backing band are Chicago Elephant 6 musicians, and really understand the music they are playing: this music is as polished as any 70s Steely Dan Album, but does not sound dated or dirivative in the least. Life On The Fly is simply a fantastic pop/rock album for our era, where most musicans have forgotten the fundimentals of good music.

Azita does not have a good singing voice, but sings with complete understanding of this. The irony of her doing a singer/songwriter album with such a flat, limited vocal range actually adds to a lot of the numbers; There is a certian discomfort to these songs, the sense that life can go wrong at any minute, and the awkwardness of her voice really enhances this. "You wont' go dancing and you won't get laid," "Is mephesto having a party," and "I plan on doing nothing, with premeditation," she sings, letting us know she is in the same trash heap with the rest of us, and we all better watch ourselves.

And with music like this, I am glad to be here with her.
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