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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Hopewell, N.J. native Danielia Cotton called her first full-length album Small White Town because the singer/songwriter grew up in a small town that was, in fact, largely white. But Cotton herself isn't white. She's African-American, and she's the type of African-American artist who -- like Tracy Chapman, Living Colour, Joan Armatrading, 24-7 Spyz, Lenny Kravitz or Sound Barrier -- is seldom, if ever, heard on urban contemporary or classic soul radio stations in the United States. Cotton is very much a rocker; while there are R&B and blues elements in her vocals, she is a rocker first and foremost. Much of Cotton's inspiration comes from classic rock; Bonnie Raitt, ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Hopewell, N.J. native Danielia Cotton called her first full-length album Small White Town because the singer/songwriter grew up in a small town that was, in fact, largely white. But Cotton herself isn't white. She's African-American, and she's the type of African-American artist who -- like Tracy Chapman, Living Colour, Joan Armatrading, 24-7 Spyz, Lenny Kravitz or Sound Barrier -- is seldom, if ever, heard on urban contemporary or classic soul radio stations in the United States. Cotton is very much a rocker; while there are R&B and blues elements in her vocals, she is a rocker first and foremost. Much of Cotton's inspiration comes from classic rock; Bonnie Raitt, Tina Turner, and Janis Joplin are major influences, as are the Rolling Stones. And on some of her harder material most notably, "JC I Try" and "Devil in Disguise" a healthy appreciation of Led Zeppelin asserts itself. But for all her '60s and '70s influences, Cotton isn't oblivious to alternative rock. PJ Harvey is also an influence, and there are some Nirvana-isms on the grungy "Today." Small White Town won't go down in history as the most groundbreaking release of 2005, but in terms of craftsmanship and quality, this CD is a winner. Cotton who wrote or co-wrote almost all of the material is the type of vocalist who sings lyrics like she really means them -- she brings a great deal of conviction to her performances -- and all of the songs on Small White Town are memorable. From the moody "Take My Heart" and the reflective "It's Only Life" to the aggressive "Devil in Disguise," there are no weak moments on this highly promising, if somewhat derivative, effort.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/6/2005
  • Label: Thirty Tigers
  • UPC: 616892656722
  • Catalog Number: 926567
  • Sales rank: 266,666

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Devil in Disguise (3:16)
  2. 2 Fast (2:50)
  3. 3 It's Only Life (3:28)
  4. 4 4 a Ride (4:13)
  5. 5 Found Another (3:49)
  6. 6 Take My Heart (4:13)
  7. 7 JC I Try (3:33)
  8. 8 Pride (5:24)
  9. 9 Today (3:14)
  10. 10 Shame (5:31)
  11. 11 Chains (4:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Danielia Cotton Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals
Walter Salas-Humara Vocals
Kevin Salem Guitar
Rob Arthur Organ, Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Mellotron
Dan Wilensky Saxophone
John Conte Bass, Background Vocals
Joe Magistro Percussion, Drums
Ralph Legnini Guitar
Rich Mercurio Drums
Marc Copely Guitar
Mark Copely Guitar
Carol Brooks Meyners Background Vocals
Jenny McCrae Douglas Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Kevin Salem Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Christina Amphlett Composer
Niko Bolas Engineer
Danielia Cotton Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Amazing Debut!

    Danielia is a HOT new talent with a rock soul, and soulful voice! I saw her sing AC/DC and Hendrix in one night! Her writing skills are awesome and she is simply great. I recommend it!

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