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Dear Frustrated Superstar
 
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Dear Frustrated Superstar

8 May 2006 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2001
  • Release Date: 8 May 2006
  • Label: Spectrum
  • Copyright: (C) 2001 Polydor Ltd. (UK)
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  • Total Length: 1:05:09
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  • ASIN: B001TN1WVS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,957 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By amboline VINE VOICE on 8 Jun. 2006
Format: Audio CD
There's an intriguing little footnote at the bottom of the sleeve notes to Nerina Pallot's debut album. It's a Bible reference that directs the reader to Mark 8:36 - "What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?" That question seems to underlie most of the material on "Dear Frustrated Superstar" - not just explicitly, as in the title track, but as Nerina herself explores her life and seems to question whether it's possible for her to maintain her own integrity as a major recording artist. In some ways there's a special irony to the question as her debut album caused barely a raised eyebrow when it arrived on the scene in 2001. Credible female singer-songwriters were hardly the vogue in a time when the dominant market forces in pop music were reality TV shows and Westlife (indeed, Natalie Imbruglia's "White Lilies Island", the album to which this most closely compares, fell on equally deaf ears at the same time).

It may have been a result of market forces, or simply the fact that this is a debut album from a young songwriter, but the distinctive Nerina Pallot sound (brilliantly captured on 2005 follow-up "Fires") takes awhile to establish itself. You could almost be forgiven for listening to the first five tracks and dismissing the album as another country-rock-lite collection in the Sheryl Crow vein. But there are a few sparks of something bigger, better: the piano accompaniment on "If I Know You" is sparkly and remarkably sophisticated, and "Watch Out Billie" has one of the most infuriatingly catchy choruses around, even if it does sound spookily like a long-lost Kirsty MacColl track.

Somewhere around "Rainbow", "Alien" and "Jump", however, the album moves up several notches in sophistication.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Miss E Haste on 22 Sept. 2002
Format: Audio CD
I first heard Nerina Pallot on a late night radio show plugging this album. She played an acoustic set and I was hooked. I bought it on the first day of release and have never bored of it! Every song means something and Nerina's voice is truly stunning...she sings with feeling. She's been compared to Alanis among others, but I think Nerina stands on her own as one of the best singer / songwriters of recent times...it's just a shame that she hasn't been properly publicised. Fave tracks would have to include, Patience, Someday Soon, Alien, Daily Bread and Jump...I'm gonna have My Last Tango played at my wedding...Oh blimey, I love all the songs!!!! If you get the chance to hear her play live.....GO! She is fantastic!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cat Marsters on 7 April 2002
Format: Audio CD
I saw Nerina live supporting Bryan Adams and I went out and bought her album... it's good! Highlights include Blood is Blood (any song addressed to Tinkerbell gets my vote), Jump ("Don't call the ambulance I'm still alive, If I should break my neck I'll make the news") and the full orchestra on My Last Tango. Nerina plays the piano beautifully, as well as the guitar, and her sweet voice slides around the clever lyrics like chocolate sauce: rich, husky and verstatile. Could be annoying but the songs are strong enough and very well produced. More, please.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By dave.stock@ilovekirsty.co.uk on 22 Aug. 2001
Format: Audio CD
People compare Nerina with Alanis and other angst-y rocker types, and I agree witht ehm to an extent,but her real comparisons should lie amongst the pop/rock elite where clever lyricists and wonderful musicians appear. I can add four definite comparisons to the list: Annie Lennox, Tori Amos, Kate Bush and Kirsty MacColl. Ms Pallot certainly does not sound a lot like any of those artists (apart from maybe Tori Amos in the pianist comparison), but she certainly has the wit and cleverness aswell as the melodies to give any of these greats a run for their money.
I have talked about and listened to very little else since buying the album upon its release on Monday, and I would definitely call myself a real fan of Nerina's work - the album is absolutely astonishing. There's so many outstanding tracks to list - the singles "Patience" and "Alien" are great, and "Someday Soon", "Watch Out Billie", "Jump" and "Blood Is Blood" are all absolutely stunning pieces of grown-up pop.
I'm going to wait a while before definitely calling this the best album I've ever bought, because I have to think seriously about "Dear Frustrated Superstar"'s ability to overtake Annie Lennox's "Diva" and Eddi Reader's "Eddi Reader" as the best album in my collection...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Feb. 2002
Format: Audio CD
'Dear Frustrated Superstar' features the two singles 'Patience' and 'Alien'. Nerina Pallot has not recieved much publicity on this album or the singles from it, but that is not to say she doesn't deserve it! Tracks such as 'Alien' and 'Blood is Blood' will make you sing out loud (but you'll never be able to match Nerina's angelic voice!), whereas tracks like 'Dapne and Apollo' will mellow even the most stressed person! I also particularly love 'God' as it is a really haunting track. Nerina'a talent shines through in this debut album as she sings, composes and plays many of the instruments herself. If you get the chance to see her live (as I did at V2001), GO! You won't regret it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Feb. 2002
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I bought this album purely on the chance of liking it! My judgement proved right, having read positive reviews of it, I decided to give it a go.
Pallot's vocals are soft, dream-like and sweet.She is a musician with talent, playing both piano and guitar in addition to vocals. 'If I know You' has a very catchy chorus, with complimentary instrumentation, it's not a song that you could forget easily. 'My Last Tango' is a lament, which boasts an instrumental solo later on in the song with beautiful orchestral strings and piano pirhouette. 'Patience' and 'Alien' have been released as singles, I know I heard 'Patience' in the background on Eastenders!
'Someday Soon' starts off with a very catchy piano ditty chased by a lively beat. 'Rainbow' demonstrates stronger vocals, but a great tune and very catchy chorus accompanied by an interesting succession of instruments it finds it's way into your head!.
'God' manifests Pallot's reflective side, with a haunting melody,whilst 'Jump' has a very cynical edge to it.My favourite track has to be 'Blood is Blood'with clever lyrics, an appealing chorus, strong melody and effective backing vocal, which is Pallot herself...excellent!
This album is a treasure chest of inspired talent,bringing back the hope that there ARE talented musicians out there! This album cannot disappoint.
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