Flame-haired songstress follows up her big 2007
By Blurt Staff
A Fine Frenzy –
essentially Alison Sudol, plus whomever she is surrounding herself with at any
moment – will release Bomb in a Birdcage on Virgin on Sept. 8. It’s the
follow-up to 2007’s critically acclaimed One Cell in the Sea..
“I think some
people may be surprised,” said 24-year-old Sudol, in a statement.
“They think that I’m all fragile and ethereal, but I have a wild side,
too. I’m a quiet person with a loud streak, and this record is a testament to
One Cell reached Number One on
Billboard’s “Heatseeker” charts, and A Fine Frenzy was chosen as a
VH1 “You Oughta Know” artist. The album received rave reviews in
publications from Entertainment Weekly to Harp to People.
Songs from the
album were licensed to numerous television shows, and Sudol appeared on The
Tonight Show, The CBS Early Show and The Late Show with David
Letterman. The young redheaded singer made her acting debut on CSI:NY and turned up in fashion spreads, but she received even more attention for her
literary interests, including a band name taken from Shakespeare’s Midsummer
Away,” the breezy, propulsive first single from Bomb in a Birdcage,
illustrates that the new album retains the tuneful charm and whimsical language
of the debut, while adding new colors and textures. Lengthy tours alongside the
likes of Rufus Wainwright and Brandi Carlile contributed to Sudol’s attraction
to different sounds.
tour,” she said, “I discovered that I love rocking out and having a
good time. I started listening to as much music as I could. I didn’t want to
limit myself. I wanted to stretch and grow and push myself. I also wanted to
The pivotal point
for Bomb in a Birdcage was “Stood Up,” a sweeping rock ballad.
“It was the most unruly I’d ever been,” says Sudol. “I was
scared by it at first and wanted to put it aside. But the songs I tend to love
the most in the end are often the ones that, initially, I wanted to do away
“I felt like
being daring,” she added. “I wasn’t interested in doing more of the
same, that doesn’t inspire me. And now, I can’t wait to get on the road with
this stuff! It’s going to be quite an undertaking, but I’m up for it.”