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Back To Nature
on 28 January 2013
Alison Sudol has a tale to tell with her fine new album 'Pines'
(it's available as an ebook too should you wish to know the whole story).
This excursion is a somewhat different kettle of fish from her
previous two albums : the beautiful debut 'One Cell In The Sea'
(2007) and her rather more rumbustious sophomore release 'Bomb In
A Birdcage' (2009) - (both recordings well worth getting to know).
'Pines' is a back to nature affair (recorded "live") which continues
to demonstrate Ms Sudol's graceful facility with music and words. Her's
is a voice which has always been very easy on the ear; soprano in
timbre, it has the ability to coax and energise in equal measure.
There are thirteen numbers in the set and not a bad one amongst
them. Each piece represents a chapter in the narrative but it is
not necessary to know the whole story to enjoy the experience. Tracks
worth an especial mention include the beautifully mournful 'Riversong',
a composition scored for subdued piano and plaintive violin and
sporting some truly delicious, dreamlike, vocal harmonies; the fragile
'Dream In The Dark', a haunting quasi-Appalachian lullaby and the
gorgeous final song 'Untitled (Grasses Grow)' which will melt your heart.
'Pines' is a welcome addition to the oeuvre of this hugely talented artist.