Simone, Alina / Make Your Own Danger
Album: Make Your Own Danger   Collection:General
Artist:Simone, Alina   Added:Oct 2011

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2011-10-30 Pull Date: 2012-01-01
Week Ending: Dec 18
Airplays: 1

Recent Airplay
1. Mar 30, 2013: Music Casserole
My Love Is A Mountain
2. Dec 16, 2011: UpDownUnderStairs
Beautiful Machine

Album Review
Trent Kay
Reviewed 2011-10-18
Plugged-in dyke folk. I mean, she's not a dyke, but she sounds a hell of a lot like the dykes who make dyke folk, and at a certain point the genre surpasses orientation, no? Here's a hard, rich, nails-in voice, moody and edgy guitar lines, a sound that's gutsy and severe. Alt rock as the mid-90s would have it.

Alina Simone (by the by, she's a Ukrainian expat raised in Boston) cites Sinead and PJ as her influences, but the obvious comparison is Ani. This whole record comes packaged as a coffeehouse zine scene dream: cover art that belongs on a graphic novel, a foreign vibe that's slightly Celtic, slightly gypsy, and behind the mike, a performance poet who just published a book of essays this year.

Sayeth Pitchfork, about the scene (and, hence, the record): "… strong, intense women with smoldering voices set to melodious yet slashing music." Yup yup yup.

RIYL: Ani DiFranco, Tori Amos, PJ Harvey, Regina Spektor, Loreena McKennitt

try: 1, 10, 9, 3, 5
no FCCs

*1. (3:42) hypnotic dark swirl guitar, western feel, hard. this could be neko case.
2. (2:53) eerie high keys and tribal drums, then rich strings. sounds like something the decemberists would pull off.
*3. (4:03) rich dark moody guitar a la toad the wet sprocket (you never get to say that in an album review!) and melancholy virtuoso vox. very moving, beautiful, sad.
4. (3:59) easy kit and clean electric. lots of air. lots of loreena mckennitt going on here. and a 'fascination street' namecheck?!
*5. (5:06) very spare and slow. kitchen sink percussion, plucked banjo and mega powerful vox. builds and builds, but never breaks.
6. (4:05) cooks. fast, rushy jagged deep strings, accent sax. muffled harsh vox. the bass line (played by, i think, a cello) sounds quite like "the archer & the light".
7. (2:34) slow low arpeggiated guitar and choir-like vox. a bit churchy.
8. (2:14) rapid minor strums on what sounds like a 12-string. tambourine, shakers.
*9. (4:04) soft sweet fingerpicked etudey electric, then fierce drums and a jagged fuzzy guitar. and, uh, wailing trumpet. hey, okay.
*10. (4:15) deep drums, melodic electric. moody, gloomy, dark. i mean, check out the track title.
11. (5:12) slowww. sparse sitar-style intro over ambient noise and flute. quavering lone vox: "hush now baby don't you cry", etc. nevermind that she stole this title from soft black.

Track Listing
1. Beautiful Machine   6. You Fade Away
2. Glitterati   7. Just Here To Watch The Show
3. Gunshots   8. In The House Of Baba Yaga
4. Day Glow Avenue   9. Make Your Own Danger
5. My Love Is A Mountain   10. Sun Kissed Slashes
  11. Apocalyptic Lullaby