15 Songs, 1 Hour 5 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

A fairy tale ambiance hangs over One Cell In the Sea, the beguiling debut release by A Fine Frenzy. Singer/songwriter Alison Sudol — the sole member of AFF - has a breathy, waif-like vocal presence, bringing to mind Taken By Trees' Victoria Bergsman, Over the Rhine's Karen Bergquist and similar folk-pop chanteuses. Her delicately embroidered material blends a Victorian-era delicacy with a precocious feel for pop hooks. It's an appealing combination for anyone who likes languid yet bright melodies combined with dreamily evocative wordplay. "The Minnow & the Trout," "Ashes and Wine" and "Whisper" draw the listener into private landscapes lit by inner emotional fires. Reveries like "Borrowed Time" and "Last of Days" shimmer in misty clouds of sadness. Though she favors oblique musings, Sudol can also make her meanings plain, as the aching "Almost Lover" shows. The upbeat numbers are especially pleasing, particularly the sparkling "You Picked Me" and "Think of You." David Campbell's strings add rich tones to Sudol's fluid piano lines.

EDITORS’ NOTES

A fairy tale ambiance hangs over One Cell In the Sea, the beguiling debut release by A Fine Frenzy. Singer/songwriter Alison Sudol — the sole member of AFF - has a breathy, waif-like vocal presence, bringing to mind Taken By Trees' Victoria Bergsman, Over the Rhine's Karen Bergquist and similar folk-pop chanteuses. Her delicately embroidered material blends a Victorian-era delicacy with a precocious feel for pop hooks. It's an appealing combination for anyone who likes languid yet bright melodies combined with dreamily evocative wordplay. "The Minnow & the Trout," "Ashes and Wine" and "Whisper" draw the listener into private landscapes lit by inner emotional fires. Reveries like "Borrowed Time" and "Last of Days" shimmer in misty clouds of sadness. Though she favors oblique musings, Sudol can also make her meanings plain, as the aching "Almost Lover" shows. The upbeat numbers are especially pleasing, particularly the sparkling "You Picked Me" and "Think of You." David Campbell's strings add rich tones to Sudol's fluid piano lines.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 Ratings

tmcarroll ,

Astonishing album!

Song after song on this album is exquisite! Beautiful lyrics and wonderful melodies. Every song is special. The iTunes album review above is clueless. The reviewer obviously does get what Alison was trying to do. My favorite tracks are the Minnow & the Trout, Whisper, Rangers, Ashes and Wine, Liar Liar, Lifesize and Hope for the Hopeless. If I ever need to be inspired, I listen to Hope for the Hopeless. This is one of the great albums! Highly recommended!

cck2 ,

I Love This Album!

Lately, I've been listening to the Indie Singer/Songwriter station when I go to sleep, and every time any song from this album comes on, I get excited. I cannot choose a least favorite song, I love them all :) But Almost Lover is probably my favorite <3

Divergent trilogy girl ,

I can't.

This is beyond words. She puts my feelings into words,I can't imagine how she can do that. This is perfect, I'm in tears.

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