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Moody, sensual, jazz and r&b flavored pop. (JoAnn Whetsell)
Most recent release, Songs for Solace (compilation, 2020)
Own lyrics. Co-writes music. Lyrics to "Zipless" written by Erica Jong
I'm only familiar with Vanessa Daou's first and fourth albums, Zipless and Dear John Coltrane,. It's amazing how she takes things that inspire her and makes music that is truly intriguing and truly her own. Very atmospheric, jazz and r&b-infused, smooth, and subtle. Her voice can be soft, whispery, at times more spoken word than singing. Definitely one of the more sensual singers around. (JoAnn Whetsell)
Recommended first album:
1994—Lotus Records Inc.—L1101
Vanessa Daou—lead and backing vocals
Erica Jong—spoken word on "Smoke"
The cover says it all "songs of abandon from the erotic poetry of Erica Jong". I actually have this book (Becoming Light), long before I got the album, and the poetry never inspired me much. But when I saw Zipless, I was curious about that quote on the cover, so I decided to give it a try, and wow! Vanessa Daou obviously found a lot more inspiration in Jong's poetry than I did, because she made this wonderful wonderful album. It's very sensual, seductive, in both the sexual way and just the invitational way, inviting you to listen closer to the layers of the music, to the lyrics. (JoAnn Whetsell)
1999—Daou Music/Oxygen Music Works—OMWCD15
Vanessa Daou—all vocals
Peter Daou—acoustic piano and keyboards
Similar to Zipless in mood and feel, but more electronic experimentation. I really like the (Col)trane/train metaphor that runs through the album. It's hard to describe because there are so many styles of music in here, but they're not experimentations into different styles, more a seamless fusion. I guess I'm too busy enjoying it when I listen to be able to analyze it well. :) Highly recommended, especially if you liked Zipless. (JoAnn Whetsell)
She used to be in the group The Daou. She has contributed several songs to compilations: "Near the Black Forest" (Elevation 2); "Sunday Afternoons" (Danny Tenaglia—Color Me Danny and Ultra Mix '97—Non-Stop Dance Club Hits); "Two To Tango" (Life Is a Dance) and "If I Could (What Would I Do)" (American Werewolf in Paris soundtrack.
Thanks to JoAnn Whetsell for work on this entry.
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