It's hard to keep up sometimes with so much good new music in the world.
I am indebted to Marvin Mole for introducing me to this truly splendid album.
A Fine Frenzy is Alison Sudol and this is her second album; the first,
'One Cell In The Sea', was released in 2007 and also deserves attention.
Ms Sudol is a quirky songwriter. Her material is melodically very strong.
She sings with power, conviction and idiosyncratic good humour.
Things kick off in sunny style with the infectious 'What I Wouldn't Do'.
Finger-picking guitar, hand-clapping, whistling - it's all in there
chugging along and creating an irresistible party mood.
Many of the songs are really lovely. 'Happier' is a bitter-sweet little
piece of perfection. So too 'New Heights', a richly layered composition
with one of the finest vocal performances on the album.
'Electric Twist' stomps along beautifully with its delicious bass-line
pushed well forward in the mix just where it belongs.
'Blown Away' is a raucous piece of magic. The killer chorus blew me away !
'Bird Of Summer' is a beguilingly simple construction shot through
with mercurial flute, luminous piano and driving percussion.
'The Beacon' again demonstrates what a terrific singer Ms Studol is.
The voice is rich and sure and very exposed in a marvelously warm
arrangement for piano and brass. Stunning.
'Swan Song', however, is the album's heart and soul. Simply sublime.
Thankyou once again Mr Mole. 'Bomb In A Birdcage' is yet
one more musical experience to add to the list of the
very best that we are likely to hear this year.