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4.7 out of 5 stars
Bliss Avenue
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on 23 July 2013
There is an immediate clue to the direction of Dana Fuch's 3rd album, Bliss Avenue from the cover shots. Gone are the close ups of the luscious flowing locks, replaced by an atmospheric but dark cover, all stripped bricks and concrete floors.

On the 12 exceptionally fine original tracks Fuchs shows that her vocal has undergone something of a transformation as she has switched from the sultry siren on Proud to Beg to something of a tequila soaked mistress. If you are looking for comparators think Beth Hart, or if seeking a longer lineage, Melissa Etheridge at her powerful best. Fuchs is that good.

The lady is surrounded by musicians of the highest calibre, trusted guitarist Jim Diamond impresses hugely again with the quality and breadth of his playing. Of equal stature is the all round keyboard skills displayed by Glenn Patscha. The rhythm section are perfectly in sync and it is all rounded off by superb backing singers.

So to the music, a real cornucopia of styles all moulded round a strong Bluesy feel, there are elements of country, a sprinkling of gospel and beautiful balladry.

Opening tile track lays down a real marker for the ensuing 11 songs, this one tears out of the speakers and grabs you instantly as Fuchs delivers a brash gravelly vocal that jumps all over Diamond's riff soaked melody. No let up in the pace on following track How Did Things Get This Way as it roars along on greased rails, all heavy Bluesy licks and a low down rhythm and hot key runs.

First gear shift comes with Handful Too Many,this is alt country with a sparkling twang of a guitar sound and dense keys wrapped around the Fuchs vocal that weaves a great story. Another gear shift on Livin' on Sunday, this is where the gospel hue surfaces and what a joyous romp it is too. Great lyrics and wonderful backing vocals lending to the vibe and as you would want, totally apt handclaps. You will be singing this one for sure.

Track 5, So Hard to Move, the first of the simply beautiful ballads and a song where Fuchs opens up her inner thoughts with a searing vocal delivery and narrative that deals with the recent loss of her brother. The melody created by the brilliant keys and subtle Diamond chord runs and clipped solo lift this to the highest of levels.

Pace and quality never slacken off with more country vibes and another super ballad Baby Loves the Life. Then just when you think this album cannot get any better it does just that. The closing three tracks are superb in their own way but put together they encapsulate pretty much everything Dana Fuchs and her accomplished band are all about.

Keep on Waling is a true muscular Blues rock out, aggressive clipped chords from Diamond and a pulsating backline rhythm.. Penultimate track, Vagabond Wind has an equally Bluesy feel but is much more of a slowburner, an infectious tune with guitar and keys providing a great platform for Fuchs to stride it with another raw evocative vocal. Then album closer Long Gone Game takes us out where Bliss Avenue came in, a real gem of a song with pace changes, a real groove and another flawless solo from Diamond.

Blissful album from a prodigiously talented singer, lyricist and musician. Surely this will take Fuchs to the next level. And with the likes of Diamond and Patascha embellishing everything with great splashes of colour from vibrant to light shades the lady cannot go wrong!

The album is so accessible, I have written this review after just two listens, such is its power to reach out and pull you in!
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VINE VOICEon 19 August 2013
Hands up everyone who remembers a certain gravelly voiced singer called Maggie Bell?
Well, while everyone seems to be hailing Dana Fuchs as the new Joplin, my ears suggest something a little closer to one M.Bell and that's no bad thing.
Certainly, this little album rocks 'em over loud and proud but there is less of the blues and perhaps, just perhaps, an eye on the "pop" scene too.
Within the 12 self penned songs we find that Dana certainly can belt them out - witness the opening (and title) track which takes no prisoners, the voice has the graveliness of someone well beyond her years, soaked in strong booze and smoky little clubs - it's a revelation to behold. But, just as you think this is going to be a storm of an album, everything just goes down a notch and whilst by contemporary standards, this is way above the current crop of female singers, it's the fact that the promise of that opening track is not maintained throughout!
Oh well, be thankful for small mercies and revel in an easy going kind of listen that certainly does not demand too much of the auditory senses!
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on 20 May 2014
As a Beatles fan and hearing about all these musicals based around an artists musical repertoire e.g. Queen and Abba etc. I thought I should at least watch one of them, and I was amazed the way they wove these cover versions around the story lines. I was even more surprised by the character Sexy Sadie's vocals by Dana Fuchs, and hand to have more of this singer and if she had any CD material released of her own, and I am glad I did. Dana is one power house of blues rock sung with a great voice, a must have in any ones CD collection. So check out her other CDs: Lonely for a Lifetime, Live In NYC, and Love to Beg.
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on 25 July 2013
Awesome is a word that is very much over used these days but there is no more fitting way to describe this bad girls talents. Like all artists who are the real deal musical genres are irrelevant, great singing, great playing, and intelligent lyrics. Not a bad track on this album, buy with confidence !
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on 5 September 2015
Dana Fuchs has the most amazing soul/blues voice - witness the blistering title track Bliss Avenue or the joyous Livin On Sunday. Other highlights include the country-tinged Nothin' On My Mind, frantic Rodents In The Attic, and slightly funky Handful Too Many. Check out these songs and the rest of the album, you won't regret it. What I find puzzling is why Dana Fuchs isn't a household name.
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on 4 July 2015
Wonderful music and great voice
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on 18 January 2015
very good album been perusing back catalogue for a few more
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on 25 March 2015
great album
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on 16 July 2013
`Bliss Avenue' is the incendiary new CD from New Jersey singer/songwriter/actress Dana Fuchs recorded in New York and now available on Ruf Records. All the songs on Bliss Avenue are written by Dana Fuchs and her long time guitarist Jon Diamond who forge emotionally charged songs that lay bare her soul backed by Jack Daley on Bass, Shawn Pelton on Drums, Glenn Patscha on Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer Piano & Keyboards with Tabitha Fair & Nicki Richards singing Background Vocals.

Largely due to her gravelly voice and sheer stage presence, Dana Fuchs was bound to be compared to the legendary Janis Joplin having played her in an off-Broadway production of 'Love, Janis' and later starring as 'Sadie' in the critically acclaimed 2007 Beatles movie/soundtrack 'Across The Universe'. `Bliss Avenue' sees Dana Fuchs spread her wings over many musical genres including soul, blues, country and rock with great new songs like "Bliss Avenue", "Baby Loves The Life" and "Long Long Game" that will no doubt enhance her appeal and amazing live shows!

Dana Fuchs continues to shine amongst all the emerging stars out there today and `Bliss Avenue' contains enough proof that her future looks very bright indeed!
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on 6 August 2013
Dana Fuchs releases her third album `Bliss Avenue' and I believe it will be a defining one in her career. After many successful years on the musical theatre circuit, a winning formula is being concocted with long time song-writing guitarist Jon Diamond, with some of the most honestly emotional songs I have heard, due to some recent family losses, the album does have a dark theme lyrically, but musically it is very upbeat.

There is a variety of musical styles here as well from fabulous gut-wrenching soul `So Hard To Move', up-tempo rock with `Bliss Avenue', `How Did Things Get This Way', `Handful Too Many', `Rodents In The Attic' and `Keep On Walking'. New country sound is aired too with `Daddy's Little Girl', `Nothin' On My Mind' and `Long Long Game'. But it's the more melodic band sound I like on two tracks here `Vagabond Wind' and the outstanding `Baby Loves The Life', both songs have some wonderful vocal phrasing from Dana backed up with marvellous musicianship.

To quote Dana, `I'm not in a dark place at all, but rather a very hopeful place for music, spiritually and mankind. It takes looking into the dark soul to see the, light...'

Self-produced by Dana and Jon they have given us an album with soul, roots, blues and southern rock flavours for the musical palette.
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