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Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, World Music, Pop, Rock
Dot Allison, former vocalist for the sorely missed Scottish trio One Dove, makes her solo debut with this dreamy, barely lucid record. Full of songs that bathe in half-speed dub beats, Afterglow broods with downcast eyes, ... more »
Dot Allison, former vocalist for the sorely missed Scottish trio One Dove, makes her solo debut with this dreamy, barely lucid record. Full of songs that bathe in half-speed dub beats, Afterglow broods with downcast eyes, yearning for transcendent escapes and peaceful sanctuaries. With the able assistance of Death in Vegas's Richard Fearless, noted '60s songwriter Hal David, and even indie guitar legend Kevin Shields, Allison swoons with confidence, shuffling out song after song of bleary-eyed danceability and electronic atmospherics. The material smears together trip-hop, ambient music, and pop song savvy, marrying Mazzy Star-style shoe-gazer pop with Beth Orton's pseudo-electronic folk. Still, Allison's varied approach gives her music an unpredictable edge all its own. The stripped-down rhythms and pop chorus of "Close Your Eyes" give way to the droning abstractions and chanting vocals of "Message Personnel." "Colour Me" already sounds like a comedown classic, with its sensuous bass grooves and hook-laden, vocoder-assisted chorus. The dark piano tinkling and acoustic touches of "Alpha Female" give Allison's expressive, breathy vocals room to shine. Taken together, these songs find a particular, otherworldly grace, dancing with abandon yet hovering just above the ground. --Matthew Cooke
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James B. (wandersoul73) from TYLER, TX
Reviewed on 7/22/2008...
"Afterglow" is simply a magical cd, and it stays with you long after you've heard its' haunting melodies.
Brilliant -- dance/techno with soul and melodic smarts.
D. Mok | Los Angeles, CA | 09/16/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Her "Colour Me" single did not disappoint, and the expectations generated by that single are fully fulfilled by Afterglow, the debut album from the angelic Dot Allison.This album finds her breaking free of One Dove's sound, beginning her free-form expression within her chosen musical genres. But she does bold new things with the techno/choir/pop hybrid on this album. The lonely piano that begins "Alpha Female", for example; the sensual Eurodance grind of "Mo' Pop"; the absolutely lovely "Did I Imagine You?"; the Eastern-flavoured keyboard riff that permeates "Close Your Eyes" -- every song is a gem, infused with Allison's trademark multitracked vocal magic and her daring arrangements. Allison's on-record charisma is phenomenal but despite her ice-goddess looks, her voice can convey a real warmth that makes these songs not just a collection of machinery and mechanized beats, but organic lifeforms with a beating heart.Just buy it. God knows, if the powers that be lack the faith, this album will not be discovered by the general public -- and it richly deserves to be."
MaddKhameleon | Singapore: The City of Sin | 08/31/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"She is gorgeous, both in terms of her looks and her music, she is in no way a bimbo, although she is beautiful. She is Richard Fearless' girlfriend, who appeared here as a guest. I have to tell you, this is a great album that has infinite commercial potential, if they had played some of the songs on radio, it could have been big. But it is not the main point, what I am actually trying to say is: This is one of those more accessible albums without succumbing to the commercial ground. Her vocal is incredible here, she can sound like some guess singer from This Mortal Coil('Tomorrow Never Comes'), Sarah Cracknell from Saint Etienne('Mo Pop'), PJ Harvey ('Message Personnel')... No no no, she is just Dot Allison. A talent that truly deserves your attention, a gorgeous being. People who have heard music by One Dove, Dot's former band should realize that this sounds much more `pop' those her former band. While undoubtedly this more conventional approach to music would displease her former One Dove fans, she should gain many more new fans with different likings for music. I know Bjork fans would like her, so do Cocteau Twins fans, as well as indie pop fans and chill-out music fans. If this hit does not succeed commercially, just remember this name and check out her next album when it released, I am sure she can make it big next time round, because she truly deserves it, and she is much better than your mediocre Ani Difranco or Beth Orton."