Fortune Cookies

Fortune Cookies

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by Alana Davis
     
 

Like India Arie and Jill Scott, Alana Davis is an exception to the rule of overproduced, underdressed contemporary female singers. Her terrific acoustic guitar-driven sophomore disc, Fortune Cookies, builds on the melodic Steve Wonder-meets-JoniSee more details below

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Like India Arie and Jill Scott, Alana Davis is an exception to the rule of overproduced, underdressed contemporary female singers. Her terrific acoustic guitar-driven sophomore disc, Fortune Cookies, builds on the melodic Steve Wonder-meets-Joni Mitchell sound she enchanted listeners with on her 1997 debut, Blame It on Me. And while that description might make her sound a bit dated, Cookies is anything but. It dresses her beautifully breathy voice and jazzy phrasings in pristine settings: the crisp, hook-happy soul of "I Want You," the almost ethereal "When You Became King," and the funky, Neptunes-produced "Bye Bye," a song that proves this boho chick also knows how to get her groove on. Lyrically, Davis is fluent in pop's lingua franca: love. She's smitten and amazed one minute, delivering kiss-offs the next, and then finding herself alone and dreaming. This ever-changing situation reaches its crest on the majestic "I Don't Care (Lonesome Road)," which finds Davis sounding exhausted and transcendent, singing against a soaring bed of strings: "Desert me and deceive me/But I don't care." But there are plenty of other standout moments, including a scratch-accented reworking of Whodini's hip-hop gem "Friends," and the haunting ballads "Under the Rainbow" and "God of Love." Davis's yearning vocals, thoughtful lyrics, and shimmering guitar licks make this one of the best discs of 2001. And if the Fates work in her favor, this songbird is on the road to fame and fortune.

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Billboard - Melinda Newman
Like its predecessor, 1997's better-than-fine Blame It on Me, Fortune Cookies finds Davis effortlessly playing the roles of singer, tunesmith, and guitarist.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/30/2001
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0075596240420
catalogNumber:
62404
Rank:
199931

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