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A Fine Frenzy, the musical stage name of Alison Sudol, is an American alternative singer-songwriter, pianist. Her debut album, One Cell in the Sea, was released in 2007, followed in 2009 by Bomb in a Birdcage. Sudol's songs have charted in the United States, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, and France, among other countries, and as of October 2012, she has sold more than 650,000 albums. Her music has also been featured on numerous television shows and featured in several major motion pictures. A Fine Frenzy's latest album, Pines, was released on October 9, 2012. Her band's name, "A Fine Frenzy", is taken from a verse in William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream: "The poet's eye, in a fine frenzy rolling, doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven" (Act 5, Scene 1). Early life: Sudol grew up in Seattle, Washington listening to a wide range of music, including Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, and swing. Having a passion for literature, she immersed herself in the works of C. S. Lewis, E. B. White, Lewis Carroll, Anthony Trollope, and Charles Dickens. After teaching herself to play the piano, she began putting her creative energy into writing songs. A short demo she sent out received attention from EMI's Jason Flom, who signed her after visiting her house and "listening to her play." Career: In March 2007, Sudol appeared at the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference, opening for The Stooges. Shortly after, her debut album, One Cell in the Sea, was released to generally positive reviews. The first single, "Almost Lover", peaked at number 25 on Billboard's Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart. In mid-2007, she secured another opening spot, this time for Rufus Wainwright on his tour. In March and April 2008, Sudol headlined her own tour in the US and Canada, and in April she toured France, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland. In September 2008, she was the star act on the opening night of the New Pop Festival organized by the German broadcaster SWR3. She returned to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland on a headline tour in November 2008 and played in the Super Bock em Stock festival in Portugal in December 2008. Her song "You Picked Me" was featured on iTunes as the "Free Single of the Week" for August 14, 2007, and VH1 featured her as one of their "You Oughta Know" artists. Additionally, in October 2008, "You Picked Me" was chosen as network theme by SIC, a Portuguese television network. One Cell in the Sea has sold 300,000 copies. In 2008 it was released in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Poland. In each of those countries, the album peaked within the top 30, with the first single, "Almost Lover," reaching number eight in Germany, number ten on the Swiss Charts and number five in Austria. Sudol's second album, Bomb in a Birdcage, was released September 8, 2009. The first single, "Blow Away," was released on July 17, 2009, followed by two more singles, "Happier" and "Electric Twist." On November 23, 2009, a live album and concert film recorded in 2007, A Fine Frenzy Live at the House of Blues Chicago, was released on iTunes. On October 31, 2011, Sudol stated via Twitter that the band was mastering their new record "Pines". Several song titles, including "Avalanches" and "Riversong", were confirmed during Sudol's appearance at the Sundance Film Festival. In the March 2012 issue of Lucky magazine, Sudol revealed the third album's title as being Pines. Previously scheduled for release in September 2012, the album's release date was pushed back to October 9. Along with Pines, Sudol released an animated short film and a companion book illustrated by Jen Lobo. In September 2012, A Fine Frenzy was featured in a campaign called "30 Songs / 30 Days" to support Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a multi-platform media project inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's book.

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Reviews

A Fine Frenzy - PINES (from mxdwn)

Goto commentsLeave a commentShare Good Girls Should Be Seen and Heard It's a new start for A Fine Frenzy-aka Allison Sudol. Since last we saw her, this radiant piano-poetess has traded her red Florence Welchian mane for a sunnier blonde, and written a fable manifesting in three forms: album, illustrated book, and a mixed-animation short film. PINES is an adventure story, about "a pining tree," given "the unheard-of chance (for a conifer) to make a life of her own choosing... Read More »

A Fine Frenzy - Oh, Blue Christmas (from Offbeat)

[In the December issue, we reviewed a number of Christmas CDs, but more came in after deadline. We hope to deal with as many as we can over the course of the month.] A Fine Frenzy Oh, Blue Christmas (Virgin) Oh, Blue Christmas is a six-song EP evenly split between covers and originals, and its finest moment comes in the cover of Vince Guaraldi's "Christmas Time is Here... Read More »

A Fine Frenzy - Bomb in a Birdcage (from Hour)

There's something bolder and more assertive about this second outing by singer/songwriter Alison Sudol, whose 2007 One Cell in the Sea debut was an attention grabber. Instead of opening with wistful ballads, Sudol ups the pace and takes control of centre stage. With such upbeat numbers like New Heights and Electric Twist, A Fine Frenzy sounds more like a band than simply a singer with backup musicians... Read More »

A Fine Frenzy - One Cell in the Sea (from Hour)

What a fine piece of work! Here's a young woman from L.A. who has produced an overwhelmingly beautiful album. Singer/pianist Alison Sudol, a.k.a. A Fine Frenzy (taken from a line in A Midsummer Night's Dream), offers us 14 crafted gems that sparkle like a lake on a sunny day. Where she shines is in her haunting lyrics, which are delivered with such gentleness and care. Her seductive breathy voice will send shivers down your spine... Read More »

A Fine Frenzy - Once Cell in the Sea (from Entertainment Weekly)

On One Cell in the Sea, A Fine Frenzy frontwoman Alison Sudol conjures the sort of musical wonderland that onemight expect from a 22-year-old with fiery red locks: a colorful worldof bemusement and sentimentality. The melodies on this debut arebreathless, more Rufus than Tori, imbued with piano swells... Read More »

a fine frenzy - Bomb In A Birdcage (from ultimate-guitar)

Sound: A Fine Frenzy's first album, One cell in the Sea (2007) had a soft sound, with pianos and mandolins and soothing guitars, the most exciting sound on the album was probably the introduction to You Picked Me, with fade-in drums and keys. This is not at all the case with her sophomore album, Bomb in a Birdcage released in September of 2009. So much change has taken place over two years... Read More »

A Fine Frenzy - One Cell In The Sea (from Lost At Sea)

Let's just get this out of the way: A Fine Frenzy sounds so close to Tori Amos that a blind taste test of audio streams from each would be a tough call. Now that the Amos comparison is out of the way, allow me to address the little earthquakes of One Cell In The Sea, the new album by the nom de plume of 22-year old Alison Sudol. The folks at Virgin have been touting the album not only Ms. Sudol's "musical skills and creative spirit" but also her "beguiling good looks... Read More »

A Fine Frenzy - One Cell In The Sea (from Delusions of Adequacy)

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A Fine Frenzy - One Cell in the Sea (from The Phoenix)

A Fine Frenzy is 22-year-old Alison Sudol, an LA-based piano-pop prodigy who's probably never heard a Fiona Apple song she didn't love. One Cell in the Sea is her debut, and though it's a well-played, handsomely arranged affair — the sort of high-gloss major-label bow that will become a rarity in the coming years if the record industry doesn't figure out a way to start making money again — only a handful of its 14 tracks live up to Sudol's stage name. In "You Picked Me," she channels the...... Read More »

A Fine Frenzy - One Cell in The Sea (from Paste Magazine)

What a difference 22 years makes A fine Frenzy is the effective, if slightly misleading, moniker for 22-year-old musician Alison Sudol. Consider her the singer/songwriter equivalent of another rapidly rising star in the literary world, Marisha Pessl, whose Special Topics In Calamity Physics also hit the hot/talented/head-turning trifecta in 2006. Both writers are bursting with talent squarely couched in a mind-boggling array of literary reference points... Read More »

News

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part of the Capitol Music Group which includes Capitol Records, Virgin Records, Blue Note, Astralwerks, Harvest, Caroline and the Capitol Studios. The Capitol Music Group features such superstar artists as Katy Perry, 30 Seconds To Mars, The Beatles, Norah Jones, Aaron Neville, Alice in Chains, <span>A Fine Frenzy</span>, Ryan Adams, Amos Lee, The Decemberists, TobyMac, Joe Lavano, Rosanne Cash, Chris Tomlin, Anita Baker, Smokie Norful, Van Morrison, Bob Seger, Beach Boys and Emeli Sande (for the US), among many others. The company is based in Hollywood, California in the iconic Capitol Records Tower. Read More »

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Nataly Dawn Releases Please Don't Scream Video

opening for Ben Folds Five. How I Knew Her--comprising 12 autobiographical, introspective songs by Dawn--was produced by her longtime partner Jack Conte. The album was recorded at Prairie Sun Studios in Cotati, CA with a group of accomplished musicians including Ryan Lerman (Ben Folds, <span>A Fine Frenzy</span>) on electric guitar, mandolin, banjo, and acoustic guitar; David Piltch (k.d. lang, Bill Frisell, Bonnie Raitt) on upright bass; Louis Cole (Louis and Genevieve, Pomplamoose); and Matt Chamberlain (Brad Mehldau, Fiona Apple, Tori Amos, Jon Brion) on drums. The studio, where many of Dawn's favorite Read More »