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  • Audio CD (25 Feb. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tru Thoughts
  • ASIN: B00AYJCGUE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,821 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A To Z
2. Heartbreaker Pt.2
3. For A While
4. Heartbreaker
5. I Loved You Interlude
6. Hard And Strong
7. To Dust
8. I Loved You
9. Twin Peaks
10. Heartbreaker Interlude
11. Let Go (Breakdown)
12. Drinking Song Interlude
13. Citizens
14. Different (Bonus Track)

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The much loved soul singer-songwriter Alice Russell releases her 5th solo album, To Dust . This is the 1st solo album from her since 2008 s acclaimed Pot Of Gold , marking the next step forward in a remarkable career which has seen this diminutive Brit universally acknowledged as one of the best soul voices of our time. Whether on a huge stage with a 16 piece band or rocking an intimate club, Alice s raw talent & charisma command attention & affection. Unfazed by taking the spotlight after a sober Amy Winehouse, singing with The Roots in Philly, or joining Roy Ayers for Everybody Loves The Sunshine , it is no wonder she has attracted worldwide media support & fans as diverse as Gilles Peterson, Jamie Cullum, Massive Attack s Daddy G & Groove Armada. To Dust sees Alice exploring every letter of the soul lexicon. From the Prince-esque strut of Hard And Strong to the epic intensity of the title track. Heartstring tugging I Loved You ; the sonically smooth yet emotionally raw Twin Peaks to the pulse-quickening build of Let Go (Breakdown) & psychedelic social consciousness of Citizens Alice is never less than scintillating as she displays emotions so real you feel you could reach out & touch them. The idiosyncratic structure of the LP, peppered with interludes & reprises, makes for a unique & satisfyingly whole album experience.

BBC Review

While post-millennial musical trends seem to increasingly favour celebrating the new over those playing the long game, clearly nobody informed Alice Russell.

To Dust, the British soulstress' fifth solo record in a little under a decade, is the culmination of a slow-blooming development from cult concern into something rather noteworthy.

You're unlikely to hear Russell on a pop crossover hit any time soon, however, judging by her long-held love for exploring experimental avenues.

She has worked with talents as disparate as Talking Heads leader David Byrne, cutting-edge Connecticut-born beatsmith FaltyDL and globetrotting British multi-instrumentalist/producer Quantic since 2008 album Pot of Gold.

And there is always a little something extra going on between the lines here, too. Heartbreaker Pt.2 hints at her convention-defying idiosyncrasies, arriving, curiously, two tracks ahead of single Heartbreaker.

Despite that, To Dust is more ebb and flow than Memento-level backwards journey, its opening run of smouldering slink eventually broken by Hard and Strong. Upping the pitch of her delivery to memorable effect, though Russell doesn't quite break into full-on falsetto, her reserved disco diva guise makes for quite an impact.

Where soul has often become a catch-all for impressive feats of sultry lyrical dexterity that sometimes forget to add much genuine emotion, Russell imbues her sonic palette with a heartfelt honesty that was behind the naming of the genre in the first place.

Admittedly, To Dust doesn't outwardly resemble a record made out of necessity, unbearable heartbreak or tragic despair. That said, there are moments – not least the semi-manic bass-line descents within Let Go (Breakdown) – where you're given a mainline connection into Russell's mindset.

Since the tragic yet seemingly inevitable demise of Amy Winehouse, British soul has been missing a star. Adele's kitchen sink realism approach to the genre has proved a populist round peg in a square hole in that regard.

When To Dust takes flight, you don't have to squint your ears too far to imagine Alice Russell as a worthy successor to that notional throne. Even if you suspect her leftfield-leaning tendencies might ultimately put paid to the possibility.

--Adam Kennedy

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Mar. 2013
Format: Audio CD
Make no mistake : Alice Russell can sing. She has a big beautifully
nuanced voice which inhabits the fourteen tracks on her new album
'To Dust' with formidable dexterity and a purist's understanding of
the true nature of soul. From fully-formed marvels like 'For A While',
with its stripped back teasing rhythms and deftly structured harmonies;
though the funky strut and swagger of 'Hard & Strong' and the affecting
emotional minimalism of 'I Loved You'; through small but perfectly-formed
sketches like 'Drinking Song Interlude' and 'Heartbreaker Interlude',
Ms Russell demonstrates an innate understanding of the power of economy
and restraint; when to push forward, when to hold back and (perhaps above
all) how to shape both words and melody into a perfectly coherent whole.
For my money 'Twin Peaks' is one of the finest songs you will hear this year.

This is music making of the very highest calibre. Don't let it slip through your paws!

Essential.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Music Lover on 6 May 2013
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For fans of Alice Russell the news that she was going to issue a new album via the Tru Thoughts imprint would have been extremely welcome, with the songstress last having been heard (and seen) on the 2012 disc 'Look Around The Corner', in conjunction with Quantic (aka Will Holland) and the Combo Babaro. This saw the diminutive Russell taking up vocal duties against a sonic tapestry referencing Latin influences, with the highlight undoubtedly being the driving 'Magdalena', a firm favourite across UK radio. Here Russell returns as a solo artist, yet (as ever) she remains generously supportive in acknowledging her fellow musicians who make the recording possible. 'I can't do this all by myself', she writes, 'And for that magic circle of people in my life, I am eternally grateful'. The question is, should the listener be equally supportive of this new solo project?

The album opens with the driving 'A To Z', a short interlude (1:31) that presents a vocal affirmation of Russell using the alphabet (hence the title) as a trigger for word association. This soon gives way to 'Heartbreaker' (Part 2), the sequel to the heavily trailed single from the album, which features a wonderfully delivered vocal from Russell over a sparse guitar inflected interlude (3:30), which sounds like a coda to the original song. This is followed by the first 'fully formed' song, 'For A While', opening with a hesitant keyboard signature that is slowly joined by a vocal confidently riding the electronically driven groove, an attempt to fuse the twitching production of 2013 to a voice influenced by the sound of an earlier era.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 21 Mar. 2013
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I bought this album because Alice Russell appeared on Jamie Cullum's Jazz Radio Program...I'm so pleased to be introduced to her wonderful, rich and supple voice.....I intend to investigate more of her work, inspired by this album.
I'm no music critic....this album held my attention though from beginning to end, each track shows variation in rhythm and style....there's no room for boredom. I started out this review with four stars but as I really look, it's got to be five star...I loved it.
So you can assess my taste...I listen to: Nina Simone, Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Michael Buble, Madelaine Peyroux, Adele and so many more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By c l bergot on 22 April 2013
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She gets better and better, although the CD with Quantic is still my favourite.
Her voice is gorgeously strong and smooth. More please!
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