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Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Dianne Izzo's debut is the complex expression of a modern woman that is both a musical and visceral experience. Recorded in Chicago under producer Brad Wood's watchful eye (he's worked with Liz Phair, among others), Izzo's... more »
Dianne Izzo's debut is the complex expression of a modern woman that is both a musical and visceral experience. Recorded in Chicago under producer Brad Wood's watchful eye (he's worked with Liz Phair, among others), Izzo's dramatic compositions are alternately emotionally direct and poetically abstract. She sings in a passionate voice vaguely reminiscent of PJ Harvey and Patti Smith, but her florid songwriting is distinctly her own. Ably supported by guitarist Jim Becker, bassist Eddie Carlson, and drummer Ned Folkerth, Izzo tends to powerful topics like desperate love and painful addictions. Her particularly heady wordplay may take a few listenings to completely unravel, but the concise musical backdrop makes One an extremely compelling package. One of the year's more formidable female artists. --Mitch Myers
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Disturbing, complex lyrics. Strong, odd vocals. Great debut.
Edward Moore | Chicago, IL | 05/30/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Diane Izzo's "One" hardly sounds like a debut album. Her lyrics are generally dark, disturbing & complex--that could describe a LOT of albums from a LOT of artists out there these days. What sets Izzo apart from the crowd is her strong, odd vocal style: she can break a one-syllable word into three or four parts and can shift from a conspiratorial whisper to a filling-rattling wail with grace and ease. (I'm told that this album doesn't even do her voice justice--that it's even more amazing in person.) In particular, "Wicked Spell" shakes with lingering childhood rage and confusion, while "Venice" comes off giddy and joyful despite contemplations of wild youth, lost love and impending mortality. Couple the lyrics with the vocals, and you get a musical experience that remains embedded in the ears for days afterwards. Any fan of PJ Harvey or Tom Waits would be well advised to give Diane Izzo's "One" a listen (or two or three or...)--you won't regret it."
Edward Moore | 08/02/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"OK, like the saying goes - "anything good is worth waiting for" and this certainly applies to this marvelous CD. However caution to the impatient listener: This CD takes time to reveal its depth and complexity. Listen to it 10 times before throwing the towel in. It is indeed rare that the listener is challenged in this day of disposible "one hit" wonders. Open your mind and the rest will follow - ONE song at a time."