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Reviews: Dafni ~ Red|
Posted on Saturday, August 07, 2004 @ 11:04:26 UTC
Home: Los Angeles, California
Style: Acoustic Songwriter Rock/Pop
Quote: "Dafni has a rich and expressive voice, with considerable flexibility and a chic modern hipness."
By Suzanne Glass
Dafni is an acoustic pop/rock songwriter from Los Angeles who cites as influences Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Tom Waits, Ani DiFranco, Billie Holiday, and Cassandra Wilson. And indeed, she blends rhythmic acoustic guitar, like DiFranco, with a smooth full vocal that slides and exudes attitude, like Holiday.
Dafni has a rich and expressive voice, with considerable flexibility and a chic modern hipness. She plays most of the instruments on the CD, including vocals, acoustic guitar, piano and synths, bass, and Mellophone (a marching horn similar to the French Horn that Dafni hadn't picked up since High School). She adds her own respectable three part harmonies, though I would love to hear the diversity of additional voices. However, Red was recorded on 8 computer tracks in Dafni's one-bedroom apartment, and considering the limitations, it sounds pretty good.
"Control," the rockingest song on the disc, features aggressive acoustic guitar and a strong, confident vocal. "You can't control me" is the theme of the song, spoken from a strong woman's perspective.
"Should Have Forgotten All About You" is a song Dafni calls "country", but it's not far from James Taylor or Fleetwood Mac's acoustic folk rock.
"Mr. America" speaks of the greedy urban cowboys who, when not counting their money, drive Hummers through parks, sail yachts, and ignore the plight of the poor and middle classes.
The sole cover song on the CD, Paul Kelly's "To Her Door," fits Dafni's style well and is a respectable rendition.
Dafni has a great blend of urban style and heartland roots. With an impressive early release like this, you can expect more cutting edge work from Dafni in the future. Definitely worth a listen.
Favorite Songs: "Control," "Should Have Forgotten All About You," "Mr. America"
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