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Blame It on Me
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
Alana Davis' debut Blame It On Me delves deep into themes of non-conformity and individualism, presented largely as jazzy lullabies. Though Davis has confessed to not being very hip to the sorority of modern vocalists, she... more »
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Alana Davis' debut Blame It On Me delves deep into themes of non-conformity and individualism, presented largely as jazzy lullabies. Though Davis has confessed to not being very hip to the sorority of modern vocalists, she opens the record with a reworking of Ani DiFranco's "32 Flavors." But Davis is no elder stateswoman, either. At 23, the New Yorker is just coming into her own, and the subject matter of her songs shows an artist with a youthful perspective - "The weight of the world has fallen/ and the rubble is at my feet," she sings on The Weight of the World" - even though she has the voice of someone twice her age. It's almost as if she's out to assert her unique place in the circuit of singer-songwriters by returning to the heart and soul that made them so popular in the first place. --Nick Heil
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(5 out of 5 stars)
"I cannot tell you how many times I've listened to this album, and I cannot even begin to tell you how absolutely in love with it I am! A friend of mine taped "murder" and "rest of yesterday" for me on a mix tape...and immediately after listening to that, I ran out and bought the CD. Alana's voice sends chills up my spine every single time I put on the CD (which I haven't been able to listen to because I lent it to a friend--Hint! Never lend this album to your friends! You don't know when or if you'll ever get it back!). "Blame it on Me", "Love and Pride", "Lullaby" and "One Day" are absolutely beautiful songs. My favourite songs from this album change every single time I listen to it. Every time I hear it, I find something new that I love about it. I think, by far, I'm most impressed that Alana wrote pretty much everything herself--lyrics and music. I always like to hear that the artists I like write their own music. I've been trying to find guitar chords for Alana's songs for AGES and I can't find any anywhere. Please do yourself a favour and get this album--it'll be one of the best albums you've ever listened to, from beginning to end. That sort of album is hard to come across these days. Lisa"
"MURDER" IS A GEM!
J. Johnson | CT | 01/23/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Alana Davis quietly leaped onto the scence in 1997 with a polished,radio-ready version of Ani DiFranco's "32 Flavors".
If it wasn't for Alana's husky,worthy voice,the cute curly haired twenty-something guitarist/singer would be just another casulty of Lilith Fair-inspired dreck BUT Alana's more textured rendition was full of ambition and yearning made it work.Think of her as a younger,funkier,more up-to-date Joni Mitchell if you will(altough Ms. Davis' work doesn't come an inch to Mitchell's long list of classics,but work with me!)."Blame It On Me" isn't half-bad.
"Turtle" and "Weight Of The World" are nice,senstive folsky-pop
songs with a bit of soul and it showcases Davis' strong songwriting skills.But the real gem on this disc is "Murder".
Where do I begin?! This song is serious! On this jazzy,moody five minute cut we hear Alana's funky,expressive vocal stylings
go up against it's equally expressive,confessional rhythms.
That's not even half of "Murder"'s magic but If I were to go on,
this review would be like,three pages,long!
(Jay-Z even sampled "Murder" on the track "I Think There's Been A Murder" from his 1999 album,"Vol. 3...Life & Times Of S. Carter".)Alana Davis has the talent to go the extra mile and in 2001,
she released a followup entitled "Fortune Cookies"-on which I heard The Neptunes contributed some tracks.I would like to hear it(altough I hear mixed reviews) but I'm sure no song on it can come close to "Murder"!"
Refreshing lyrics with funky beats, make Davis's CD a hit!
J. Johnson | 05/15/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was genuinely surprised with how much I enjoyed Alana Davis's CD. She has a strong, passionate voice and the lyrics to back it up. Although, I am a HUGE Ani DiFranco fan, I prefer Davis's version of 32-Flavors. That song deserves the funky beat she gave it! After I finished listening to 32-Flavors, 32 times....I got to listen to the entire CD. I have found many other songs that I enjoy as much as, or better than 32-Flavers; such as, "Lullaby," "Blame it on Me," and, my favorite, "Free." All great songs with funky, but soothing beats, and expressive, thoughful lyrics. It is refreshing to hear genuine talent in the recent wave of female musicians."