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Alana Levandoski – Lions and Werewolves

Alana’s 2006 album ‘Unsettled Down’ was a real understated gem that was well received by fans and critics alike, and this follow up album is one that could establish her as one of the best singer/songwriters of the new generation.
Given the acoustic stylings of the previous disc, the opening track here ‘Red Rover’ is a surprising jolt to the system that layers electric guitars over a full band sound and hook filled choruses that can’t fail to succeed in focussing your attention on the 11 songs that follow it.
She settles down into quieter songs from here on in, but the whole sound is a refreshing evolution from the last album rather than an abrupt change in style - there’s nothing predictable and she’s equally at home with the rockier songs as she is with her more familiar acoustic folk tracks.
Beautifully recorded, her vocals are versatile and engaging, effortlessly moving from the fuller songs to delicate acoustic numbers, and though the full band songs are excellent, it the quieter, folky songs that really stand out.
Highlights include the superbly delicate title track, the radio ready ‘Red Rover’, but the highlight of the whole album is ‘Song for a Cougar’, a genuinely memorable song and performance.
She used a simple group for her band, and most songs are just acoustic and electric guitars, bass, drums and Hammond B3; it might look sparse but the balance and variety in sound is perfect.
Recorded in a 100 year old rural church in her native Canada, she used UK producer Ken Nelson who while not normally known for his work with roots world, has brought a refreshing approach to the ‘traditional’ acoustic sound - it’s certainly not all polish & sheen, and it makes ‘Lions and Werewolves’ an engaging listen.
Two albums in, Alana has really delivered on the promise evident in her debut disc, and ‘Lions and Werewolves’ really shows she’s an artist willing to evolve and develop, and this combined with her songwriting skills and beautiful vocals mark her out as one of the very best of the current crop of young singer/songwriters.

ALANA LEVANDOSKI - LIONS AND WEREWOLVES

Alana Levandoski

CD (Cat No: 13524)

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ALANA LEVANDOSKI - LIONS AND WEREWOLVES