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While Laura Dawn doesn't break free from the stylistic boundaries of her apparent influences -- Garbage, Liz Phair, Alanis Morissette, and PJ Harvey -- her debut does deliver a few knockout punches due to the excellent production work of Ted Niceley (Fugazi, Shudder to Think) who keeps a sharp yet commercially viable edge to the singer/songwriter's mix of post-punk anger, grrrl-folk anxiety, and singer/songwriter pop. Although most of the songs, like the title track with its swirling guitars and sexually provocative lyrics, don't break new ground, the tough melodies and tensile nature of the music keep the tunes fresh. As comfortable with acoustic guitar and stark ...
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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
While Laura Dawn doesn't break free from the stylistic boundaries of her apparent influences -- Garbage, Liz Phair, Alanis Morissette, and PJ Harvey -- her debut does deliver a few knockout punches due to the excellent production work of Ted Niceley (Fugazi, Shudder to Think) who keeps a sharp yet commercially viable edge to the singer/songwriter's mix of post-punk anger, grrrl-folk anxiety, and singer/songwriter pop. Although most of the songs, like the title track with its swirling guitars and sexually provocative lyrics, don't break new ground, the tough melodies and tensile nature of the music keep the tunes fresh. As comfortable with acoustic guitar and stark accompaniment on "Useless in L.A." and "I Would" as with the more aggressive tracks that comprise the heart of the album, Dawn swings from post-punk folk sweetness to the angry rock growl and peppy "doo-doo-doos" of "The Best Part" while maintaining a savvy pop streak. There's a fair amount of filler on this rather long 16-cut release; a few tunes seem extended beyond their breaking point, and some of Dawn's more obvious attempts at a singalong radio hit such as "Wasted" and "Love You Less" sound contrived, especially when she flippantly curses. A few of the lighter-waving ballads like "Hang On" are major missteps for an artist who aims for the street cred which comes naturally to Phair, and the occasional strings are generally unnecessary. But this is still a sturdy debut from a remarkably assured singer/songwriter with a knack for writing songs and hooks that sound familiar on first listen. A raucous and not entirely successful six-minute cover of Nilsson's "Jump Into the Fire" (which goes on about three minutes too long) is not listed on the sleeve, but is noted in the booklet and closes out this impressive disc on an assertive note.
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  • Release Date: 10/9/2001
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624810223
  • Catalog Number: 48102

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Free and Lonely Life (4:33)
  2. 2 The Old You (3:34)
  3. 3 Nothing to Me (1:52)
  4. 4 Party Girl (4:08)
  5. 5 Believer (4:16)
  6. 6 Useless in L.A. (4:25)
  7. 7 Delicious (3:24)
  8. 8 So Small (4:01)
  9. 9 I Would (3:45)
  10. 10 Love You Less (4:36)
  11. 11 The Best Part (3:44)
  12. 12 Wasted (3:00)
  13. 13 Recognize (4:18)
  14. 14 Hang On (4:53)
  15. 15 The Last Song (5:22)
  16. 16 Jump into the Fire (6:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Laura Dawn Primary Artist, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping, Kettle Drums
David Campbell Viola
Joel Derouin Violin
Josh Freese Percussion, Drums
Peter Kent Violin
Joe McGinty Piano
Tim Pierce Guitar
Marston Smith Cello
Tommy Stinson Bass, Guitar
Shelly Berg Conductor, Performing Ensemble
Thomas Tally Viola
Richard Fortus Guitar, Electric Cello
Kevin March Drums
Mike Elizondo Bass
Chris Chaney Bass
Kris Woolsey Guitar
Noah Simon Violin, sleigh bells, Synthesizer Strings
Clem Waldmann Drums
Darin Murphy Guitar
Simeon Spiegel Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Jimmi K. Bones Guitar
Linus of Hollywood Guitar
Technical Credits
Greg Calbi Mastering
David Campbell String Arrangements
Steve Churchyard Engineer
Bill-Dog Dooley Mastering
Bill Kennedy Engineer
Yoshiki Producer, String Arrangements
Shelly Berg Orchestration
Carl Glanville Producer, Engineer, Digital Editing
Ken Andrews Engineer
Jason Mauza Engineer
Tal Miller Digital Editing
Noah Simon Arranger, String Arrangements
Adam Hawkins Mastering
Taelonna Miller Digital Editing
Simeon Spiegel Producer, Engineer, Digital Editing
Laura Dawn Producer, String Arrangements, Cello Arrangement
Linus of Hollywood Composer
Ted Niceley Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best albums of last year

    This album has not left my cd player in a year. If they world were fair, Laura Dawn would have been huge. Every song on here is so cool. I don't know why anyone would compare Believer to Jewell or Alanis. Laura's lyrics are so much better than Jewell;s! Laura Dawn is more like the Breeders or Liz Phair but with a prettier voice. I love Useless in LA, So Small and The Last Song. Party Girl and the Old You are good to jump around to! Get this album if you are a true music lover.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Worst Album Ever

    This album is an insult to music. The fact that people can compare her music to that of artists like Alanis, or Jewel. This album is aweful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    awesome new female rocker

    Laura Dawn completely rocks!! Every Song on her CD is great from acoustic pop to hard rock to punk and the variety keeps it completely interesting from beginning to end. Influences range from PJ Harvey, Liz Phair, Garbage, Alanis, Breeders, Veruca Salt, Smashing Pumpkins but a different cool combo of all the above. Buy the CD if you're sick of hearing the same old garbage, you won't be dissappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This one is a keeper!!! Be one of the first to own it!!

    This one is a keeper, it gets better every time you listen to it. Be one of the first to own this CD so when your friends ask if you have the ''New Laura Dawn CD'' you can tell them I bought that along time ago and it hasnt been out of my CD player since.

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