Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Review -- DANA WYLIE BAND -- The Unruly Ones

The UNRULY ONES
Dana Wylie Band
Tiny White Girl Records
8-out-of-10

Here is another one of those little gem CDs that comes along every once in a while, and when you dig into the performer's background, you find that she's another Saskatchewanite pounding out some really excellent music.
While Wylie is a native of Saskatchewan, the band was formed in Taiwan, and they list England as one of three bases of operation, so this gal is well-traveled, and that shows in the maturity of the music of this CD, their second.
Musically, they call their sounds acoustic roots pop, but truly there is also a strong element of jazz, stage style music, at least to my ear.
Wylie has the style of a storyteller on a time limit. The words roll staccato fashion, veritable tongue twisters which she gets away with crystal clear perfection. The trick, as the listener, is to keep up, and get the depth of the material, the plays on words, the humour, both dark and joyous depending on the song.
And just so you know Wylie hasn't forgotten her roots, one of the best songs here is What the Mirror Said, a piece with a farm-connected theme.
Of the 13 songs here Wylie has written 11, and a 12th Fear No More, she has written the music, while using the words of William Shakespeare as lyrics. Not a bad guy to have on board as a writer. And, the song works as a top piece here.
The sound comes across as light, and friendly, although there are songs here which offer more once you get into the rhythm and can follow this songstress sprite as she speeds through the words with a tongue as sharp as a well-sharpened foil. At times you will simply smile in awe of the way she handles the material.
This is a fun album. It has depth, surprises, humour, and it's all carried by Wylie's sweet voice.
Wylie is another performer who, based on this effort, deserves to be better known than she is. Very well done.
Check this one out at www.danawylie.net
-- CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper June 25, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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