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  • Audio CD (21 Aug 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hollywood
  • ASIN: B00004WHRF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 335,189 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  3. Hannah 5:150.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  5. Fallen For You 3:160.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Peanuts 5:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Don't Die On the Vine 3:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Medusa 3:380.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Patience 3:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Perfection 4:220.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. War Isn't Working 2:170.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. So One Day.... 2:320.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Rapunzel 3:320.79  Buy MP3 
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The tendency to pen all feisty American women singer/songwriters in one big Lilith Fairground is probably jolly irritating for those concerned, but if an artist must be lumped-in, there are worse places. Limpid-voiced Sheila Nicholls was raised in the UK, but she's ended up a feisty woman singer/songwriter in LA and taken to the nose rings and the culture like a native--which, unfortunately, includes California's confessional therapy culture, whose pronouncements on empowerment and self-growth sometimes overburden Brief Strop. Musically, however, it's first rate, the elliptical songs carried by Nicholls' piano and judicious wisps of cello and hammer dulcimer. Standouts like "Don't Die On The Vine", "Hannah" and a sensual, charming "Pan", hint at striking, free-spirited live performances. Fans of feisty female singer/songwriters will find brand-loyalty signposts, and much to enjoy, in Nicholls' Mary Lou Lord-style waifish whimsy; the Tori Amos-meets-Angela Carter leanings of "Rapunzel" and "Medusa"; Fiona Apple's jazzy percussiveness in the earnest but tritely-worded "The War Isn't Working"; Kate Bush's fondness for that bloke with the child in his eyes ("Fallen For You"); Liz Phair's cocky profanity ("Elevator", "knee deep" in bodily fluids); and, finally, a wittily named one-artist label (Essexgirl Records) reminiscent of punk/folkie Ani Difranco's Righteous Babe. Unlike Difranco's jealously-guarded mark of independence, however, Nicholls' label appears on an album owned, as copyright credits point out, by Hollywood Records: if there's a flaw in this fine album, in fact, perhaps just a touch too much Hollywood it is. --Jennifer Nine

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One Essex girl reviews another! 30 Aug 2002
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This album is a really fine example of what other female artists have tried to do in the past and generally have failed to do. It is intelligent without being obscure, feisty without being aggressive and moving without being maudlin. Nicholls is acutely aware of her audience, most of whom are lovers of the singer/songwriter genre and all of whom demand a little more of their music. "Fallen For You" is a bewitchingly innocent love song and was the means by which I discovered Sheila Nicholls in the first place when I heard it used for the film "High Fidelity". She not only writes fine music, she also arranges her work sensitively, maximising the power and grace of her vocal. "Don't Die On The Vine" and "Rapunzel" show both her sonwriting skills and her talents as a performer off particularly well. If you find Alanis Morrisette too whiney, Meredith Brooks too samey and you've been wondering if anyone would come close to touching Joni's brilliance, then this is one to add to your collection (though it won't topple "Clouds" in my chart).
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Aside from my love for female vocalists with piano, I too bought the album "Brief Strop" on the strength of my appreciation of one track "Fallen for You" found on a CD which came free with a magazine. Even so, her album totally exceeded my expectations. I can only imagine her unique and fascinating lyrics come from personal experiences. She has an amazing talent, to combine emotional expression through beautiful, powerful and captivating music.
I admire the work of Tori Amos, Alanis Morrisette, Sarah McLachlan, Dido, Fiona Apple. I rate Sheila Nicholls as highly, with recognition to her versatility and originality.
All her songs are very different; my personal favourites are Hannah, Question, Patience, Rapunzel and Pan. The passion in her voice conveys such feeling, it moves you. It's an album I keep going back to.
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Only once in a while does an album come along that restores your faith that there are still artists out there who actually care about their music. Highly personal and thought provoking, Sheila Nicholls' lyrics make this album what it is...simply awesome. Each song stands on its own and as a body of work, this album is a must for any serious music fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful stuff - if only more people knew! 17 May 2004
Format:Audio CD
Bought both Sheila's albums a couple of summers ago and haven't stopped listening! This is such great music for summer evenings. Every song grows on you, and before you know it you singing along to it all.
It's mostly very acoustic piano tunes, all with a meaningful message and a catchy melody - if you like Tori you'll love Sheila!
I only hope more people buy this so we have a chance of Sheila coming to the UK to play live, she seems to be grounded in LA.
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