Dot Allison – Room 7 1/2

January 01, 1970

(Arthoused/Absolute)

 

www.dotallison.com

 

Dot Allison was somewhat constrained in early ‘90s trip-hop outfit One Dove,
yet there was no avoiding being seduced by her Sarah Cracknell-meets-Julee
Cruise voice. Four solo albums into the game, she’s never less than delightful,
and Room 7 ½, co-produced by Allison
and Rob Ellis of PJ Harvey fame and featuring guest appearances by Paul Weller,
Pete Doherty and members of the Bad Seeds, marks a culmination of all the
potential she’s displayed to date.

 

The record’s a diverse affair, featuring piano-powered pop, loamy,
psychedelic-tinged folkrock and haunting slices of ethereal chamber music. Yet
it’s the most uncharacteristic tune here that emerges as most memorable: “Jonny
Villain, a chilling Celtic-flavored murder ballad whose stylistic turnaround (for
Allison) brings to mind the way Natalie Merchant startled fans a few years ago
when she plunged deep into Americana.
Ultimately the album unfolds gradually, over repeated listens, and over time.
Open the door and see what awaits within.

 

DOWNLOAD: “Jonny
Villain,” “Paved With A Little Pain” FRED MILLS

 

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