Every time Dana Fuchs sings, you can hear her soul bleed.
Brent Black / Not Just Jazz
A slow controlled burn.
Over the years I have learned that the longer it takes a critic to explain to you "why" a release is good then the less likely it is to actually be good.
I'll be brief.
Bliss Avenue is one of the best releases across any genre of music today. Why? No unnecessary embellishments, no sonic death by pretentious over production, and nothing sanitized for your protection makes Dana Fuchs as real, raw and raucous as they come. Call it blues, rock or maybe you hit on some of the deceptively subtle alternative country flavor, Fuchs makes the transition from generic singer to vocal artist with a kind of connectivity associated with Janis Joplin or Billie Holiday.
From the title track "Bliss Avenue" to "Vagabond Wind" we find the next big thing in vocalists not doing her best Joplin imitation but instead we find Fuchs doing a riff on herself. A cultural by product of her own experience with the type of mad skills that can touch your heart and set your hair on fire all at the same time.
Incredibly solid songwriting coupled with a band that takes tight to a new dimension in sound, Dana Fuchs is the real deal. None better.
5 Stars and one of the best for 2013
Tracks: Bliss Avenue; How Did Things Get This Way; Handful Too Many; Livin' On Sunday; So Hard To Move; Daddy's Little Girl; Rodents In The Attic; Baby Loves The Life; Nothin' On My Mind; Keep On Walkin; Vagabond Wind; Long Long Game.
Personnel: Dana Fuchs: Vocals & Percussion; Jon Diamond: Guitars; Jack Daley: Bass; Shawn Pelton: Drums; Glenn Patscha: Hammond Organ; Wurlitzer, Piano, Keyboards; Tabitha Fair: Background Vocals; Nicki Richards: Background Vocals.