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Most recent release, Room 7½ (2009)
Dot Allison's site
More ectronic than Dido, less so than Kym Brown. Vocally, a lot like Sarah McLachlan.
Own and co-written
Dot Allison, formerly of the early '90s band One Dove, has put out a great debut. Material ranges over the ectronic spectrum, with some songs softer and less produced (along the lines of Dido and Sarah McLachlan's Surfacing) and some more trip-hoppy. (JoAnn Whetsell)
Recommended first album:
Afterglow is her first solo album
Dot Allison—vocals, keyboards, programming, piano, Hammond, vocoder, guitar, tabular bells, mini-squeeze box
Magnus Fiennes—keyboards, piano, Rhodes piano, Harmonium
Dot Allison, Magnus Fiennes, Chris Allison, Richard Fearless, Tim Holmes
I have Dot Allison's single "Colour Me", it's so great, I have the full album on order. (John.Drummond)
2002—Mantra Recordings (PO Box 95 Ellicott Station, Buffalo, NY 14205)—RBR029-D
Dot Allison—vocals, keyboards, guitar, glockenspiel, programming, string arrangement
Keith Tenniswood—programming, additional keyboards, additional engineering
Dot Allison, D. Fridmann, Keith Tenniswood, Orde Mekle, Stuart McMillan
Dot Allison's new album is something of a surprise, partly because I didn't know she was making one and because of the album itself, and because of how much I like it. It has links with her debut, Afterglow, but it's very different too. I could see someone liking one album but not the other. Me, I like both. We Are Science has a techno, retro-'80s feel to it, and some of the electronic noises annoy me a little, but are less unsettling with repeated listenings. There are a few songs like "We're Only Science" that eschew traditional songwriting and instead repeat the title words like a mantra. So the album begins with a vocalization (an "oh" or "ah") followed by a driving beat, and the first words come nearly a minute and a half into the song. There are some other lyrics further in, but you can't understand them (at least I can't). Other songs have a more traditional verse-refrain structure, and one near the end even reminds me of something from Mazzy Star's So Tonight That I Might See. The US release comes with a video for "Strung Out" and remixes of 2 tracks that are actually very good and add something to the songs. (JoAnn Whetsell)
Dot Allison remixed "Beefheart" for Ruby's Altered and Proud (The Short Staffed Remixes) (2001). Compilation work includes:
Thanks to JoAnn Whetsell for work on this entry.
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