A Fine Frenzy @ The Roxy, 4/3/08
It was a homecoming of sorts for Alison Sudol, AKA A Fine Frenzy, as she returned to the place where she played one of her first shows, the Roxy on Sunset. The ever-adorable Sudol charmed the packed house with her piano driven melodies and effervescent voice.
In the past year Sudol has started her inevitable rise to stardom with a number one hit in single "Almost Lover," an opening spot on Rufus Wainwright's most recent tour, an appearance on Letterman and an guest spot on CSI:NY. In today's music scene it is so refreshing to see someone with true talent emerge and thrive, but that is exactly what Sudol has done. There is so much to like about A Fine Frenzy, whether its her melodic piano work, her outstanding singing or her adorable stage presence, her music is engaging and charming.
Her set was comprised mainly of tracks off her debut album One Cell In the Sea, as well as a few new tracks and a great cover of the Beatles' classic "Across the Universe." It is amazing to watch a true musician play up close, especially in a venue as intimate as the Roxy. You can almost see their thought process and relationship to each song as they play. With each song Sudol's care and love of her music was apparent as at the end of each song she lit up in a huge grin and thanked the crowd graciously.