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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.
|Label:||Elektra / Wea|
Performance CreditsAlana Davis Primary Artist,Guitar
Bashiri Johnson Percussion
Jack Daley Bass
Ed Tuton Guitar
Adam Rodgers Guitar
Nir "Z" Zidkyahu Drums
Technical CreditsEd Tuton Programming,Producer
Alana Davis Producer
Jack Leitenberg Representation
David Passick Representation
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Alana's back from the studio with her sophomore effort, Fortune Cookies. This time around, Alana pays homage to some of her early influences, such as Stevie Wonder with 'Save The Day' and 'Don't Have A Chance', then takes a page from Joni Mitchell's book with 'When You Became King'. Alana pays tribute to the late, great Bob Marley with the little reggae hop, 'Got This Far', then swings in to kick it old school with the Whodini classic, 'How Many of Us Have Them (Friends)'. She brings on the funk with the Neptunes produced tune, 'Bye Bye', then turns introspective with the lovely, 'Under The Rainbow'. 'God of Love' echoes a lullaby filled with emotion. The swaying, 'I Want You' is sure to get the attention of any Third Eye Blind fan. For the long ride home, Alana offers the lovely road ballad, 'I Don't Care (Lonesome Road)', then carries you out with the lovely, tender, 'Easy To Love'. The title, Fortune Cookies' is quite fitting with her combination of sweetness and wisdom.
I absolutely love this cd. I had the chance to see Alana in Nashville at River stages, in a very intimate setting and she played a couple off each of her albums. Although relatively unknown to the area, my best friend and i know all her songs by heart and our favorite this month is "Bye Bye"! She should tour with Sarah Mclaughlin and get her voice out there so all the world can sing with us!
Alana needs exposure because the world is missing a treat. I, however, like when artists stay a little underground it keeps their music pure. But what the heck she should be getting bank for her great music. And I totally agree with the reviewer who said this is a great road trip cd.