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Dalia Faitelson: Powered by Life

Read "Powered by Life" reviewed by Geno Thackara

"I believe that life is stronger than death," Dalia Faitelson declares with affecting simplicity midway through Powered by Life. The weighty thoughts come out hopeful in the end ("I believe that smiling is contagious ... I believe in starting a new chapter"), though it's often bittersweet in musing about the big mystery of existence. The affair as a whole goes much the same way: there's a kaleidoscopic whirl of emotions from bleakness to love and hope here, and her expressive ...

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Dalia Faitelson: As The World Sleeps

Read "As The World Sleeps" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Danish, Israeli-born vocalist-songwriter and guitarist Dalia Faitelson calls her new collection of original songs--all born in the still, dark hours of night, the times that dreams are born--"a kinky jazz salute to Marlene Dietrich." In a way, Faitelson, like Dietrich, reinvents herself. Leaving aside her world music project Pilpel to acknowledge the formative influence of songwriters like Joni Mitchell and Tom Waits, but channeling such influences through an intimate, cool acoustic jazz setting. Faitelson is accompanied ...

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Dalia Faitelson: Point of No Return

Read "Point of No Return" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Everyone, I suppose, has his or her “point of no return.” I reached mine rather quickly while auditioning this new album by singer / guitarist Dalia Faitelson’s septet. After the opening track, which definitely lives up to its name (“Wreack, Cracked, Crazy”), I clung to the hope that matters might eventually improve, and indeed they did (the four instrumentals aren’t that bad) but not appreciably. All of the compositions are Faitelson’s, as are the lyrics on the album’s five vocals, ...


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