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One Cell in the Sea
     

One Cell in the Sea

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by A Fine Frenzy
 

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A Fine Frenzy is the music of 22-year-old Alison Sudol. The daughter of drama teachers, the Seattle native developed a fondness for the fantastic literary worlds of C. S. Lewis, E. B. White, Lewis Carroll, and Charles Dickens while becoming a passionate author in her own right. Musically, the self-taught piano player was influenced by a diverse array of artists,

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A Fine Frenzy is the music of 22-year-old Alison Sudol. The daughter of drama teachers, the Seattle native developed a fondness for the fantastic literary worlds of C. S. Lewis, E. B. White, Lewis Carroll, and Charles Dickens while becoming a passionate author in her own right. Musically, the self-taught piano player was influenced by a diverse array of artists, including Aretha Franklin, Elton John, and Ella Fitzgerald. She was also moved by the minimalism of Philip Glass and the electronica-fueled Icelandic music of Björk and Sigur Rós. Thus, Alison developed the sound of A Fine Frenzy: hypnotic piano arrangements fused into irresistible, atmospheric songs with universal appeal.

Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly - Shirley Halperin
The melodies on this debut are breathless, more Rufus than Tori, imbued with piano swells. [B]
Harp Magazine
A Fine Frenzy is a blend of sounds and influences. Where there's Ella, Aretha and Louis, there's also Radiohead, Sigur Ros, Aqualung and Keane.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/17/2007
Label:
Virgin Records Us
UPC:
0094637382523
catalogNumber:
73825
Rank:
30569

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Performance Credits

Fine Frenzy   Primary Artist
Larry Corbett   Cello,Soloist
Hal Cragin   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Joel Derouin   Concert Master
Danny Kalb   Guitar,Keyboards
Chris Murphy   Electric Violin
Lyle Workman   Guitar
Joey Waronker   Percussion,Drums
Paul Livingston   Sitar
Mick Bolger   Accordion,Horn,Mellophonium
Michael Valerio   Double Bass
Michael Chaves   Guitar
Jimmy Paxson   Percussion,Drums
Stephen LeBlanc   Piano,Keyboards,Vibes
Lukas Burton   Keyboards
David Levita   Acoustic Guitar
Sean Woolstenhulme   Guitar
Kevin McKeever   Piano,Keyboards
Paul Livingstone   Sitar
Peter Bradley Adams   Piano
Alison Sudol   Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Hal Y. Burton   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Jessica St.Peter   Animal Sounds
Daxx Nielsen   Drums,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

David Campbell   String Arrangements
Hal Cragin   Composer,Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Danny Kalb   Programming
Brian Scheuble   Engineer
Suzie Katayama   String Contractor
Sean Mosher-Smith   Contributor
Michael Valerio   Engineer,String Arrangements
Lukas Burton   Composer,Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Gus Black   Composer
Chris Steffen   Engineer
Darren Gilmore   Management
Alison Sudol   Composer
Hal Y. Burton   Programming,Engineer
Hal Craquin   Producer
David Paul Campbell   String Arrangements

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One Cell in the Sea 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
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A singer/pianist, influenced by jazz, pop and electronica/experimental bands like Radiohead and Sigur Ros...sounds like A Fine Frenzy should be a pretty interesting addition to the piano-songstress genre. Unfortunately, this release is mostly average pop with only occassionally interesting atmospheric touches. The simple piano lines aren't particularly memorable and the songs are rather repetitive. However, Alison Sudol has a lovely voice and a way with words, even if she does try too hard to be deep. This is nice, pretty pop that has a somewhat distinctive, if not always compelling, sound. In addition, some of songs, in particular "You Picked Me" and "Near to You", can be quite touching. It's just too bad Ms Sudol didn't dig deeper sonically.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are so many beautiful lyrics in the world with just the right melody placed with them to fill our oceans - but her voice is beyond talent, her lyrics, her soul......you too will feel it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most amazing CD's I have listened to in a long time. The lyrics are so well written and the music is beautiful. I love the entire CD and listen to it over and over again. Highly recommend this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to listen to this work at my job "hmm...wonder where I work!" and I never get tired of it. I bought it so I could listen to it in my car and at home because the songs just get stuck in my head...but not in a bad way. She has a lovely voice. You Picked Me is my favorite by far. Give it a try...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is astounding first effort for a 22 year old singer/songwriter who I personally hope to hear much more from in the coming years. Her melodies are soothing, her mellifluous voice is beautiful and her lyrics, while I agree try a little too hard in a few places, are words that many can relate to. I don't tire of hearing this alternative-ambient-pop-rock collection. Listen to the samples and judge for yourself!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm trying to figure out why I love this CD so much--is it the beautiful sonic structure of the songs, the contemplative lyrics, or the beautiful, feels-like-you're-on-the-beach production value--and maybe it's all of those things, but most of all it's Alison Sudol's incredible voice. It soars like a high-flying plane and also comforts like a whispering lullaby. Listen to samples of "The Minnow & The Trout" and "Hope for the Hopeless" and you will be convinced to buy this album.
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