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Most recent release, Sweet and Vicious (as Allison's Invention, 2011)
Her voice has echoes of Susan James and the songwriting echoes of Laura Nyro and Ani DiFranco
Passionate, dramatic, and articulate, Allison Tartalia's songwriting drawns in threads from all over to create an intense, intelligent whole. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Recommended first album:
Ready is the only one we've heard
2002—Mark Haste! Records, P.O. Box 5667, Astoria, NY 11105-5667, USA
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Allison Tartalia—vocals, guitar, piano
Mike McGinnis and Allison Tartalia
This is an album full of different, distinct moments. The first track, "let it go" reminds me at times of Robin Holcomb and at others of Susan James, mostly vocally. "Dorothy's reply" sounds like a jazzy Ani DiFranco-style song. "ready" has a particularly interesting contruction, which piano parts and and anguished ones. There are more mainstream songs like "frost" (a ballad) and "absolutely fabulous" which references the British comedy. The songwriting and instrumentation feels varied through this album, but also connected, as do the moods of the songs. She has range, intriguing lyrics, good instrumentation and an interesting voice. Definitely worth checking out! (email@example.com)
Thanks to Sophia Gurley for work on this entry.
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