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Most recent release, The Secret Dream of Tigers (2008)
Alicia Dara's makes lively and haunting pop, alternating between ballads and rockers. The artist whose vocals and style she most closely resembles to my ear is Aimee Mann, though her sound and vocals are overall a little more mainstream. (email@example.com)
Recommended first album:
Alicia Dara—vocals, acoustic, electric, slide guitars, frame drum
Kirki Jamieson—bass, fretless bass, drums, percussion
Alicia Dara and Kirk Jamieson
An intriguing album of alternative pop. While it's not wholly original, her musical and vocal styles are strong and her songwriting shows a lot of promise. Recommended. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Alicia Dara—acoustic, electric, slide guitars, piano, keyboards, tim whistle, flutes, toy xylophone, riq, tambourine, wine glasses, mallet bongos, koto guitar, bells, vocals
Kirk Jamieson—bass, drums
Alicia Dara and Brad Purkey
At the beginning of the album, my impression of it was middling; but very soon I became more and more impressed with it. On most of the tracks (which include a couple of brief instrumental pieces), but not all, the accompaniment is piano-based; I detected degrees of overlap with the music of Laura Nyro (whose influences can also be heard in the music and lyrics of other tracks), Tori Amos, Margie Adam and, to a lesser degree, Pepper McGowan. Some tracks have significant World Music influences, ranging from South American folk music (think Simon and Garfunkel's "El Condor Pasa"), to Japanese, to Indian. I found some lyrics more imaginative than others, but overall they were of very high quality. The best ones were, indeed, quite superb. An undercurrent of nonreligious (or at the very least, nondenominational) spirituality is perceptible in many of the tracks. Inconveniently, there are no lyrics included with the CD; they are only available on Dara's website, where a number of proofreading errors (typos, and lines out of sequence) can be detected. But that doesn't make them any less worth booting up your computer for. (email@example.com)
licia Dara—vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, tambourine, toy piano
Johnny Sangster—guitar (2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 13); bass (13)
Jason Staczek and Alicia Dara>
Pretty, yet strong. Alicia Dara has an almost classically pretty voice with a touch of smoke in it which balances nicely against the lively instrumentation here. As per the comments on her previous album, this is an album that grows on you. favourite tracks here are the haunting "Black Muddy River," the literary "Isobel Archer," and a rocker, "The Bowery." The album is definitely worth checking out—recommended for all pop fans. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thanks to Sophia Gurley and Mitch Pravatiner for work on this entry.
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