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Alicia Dara
The Secret Dream of Tigers
Chroma Records

I've reviewed Alicia Dara in the past, a long time ago. I remember liking that record a lot. Her new album offers a multi-faceted sound with some great songs.

"Isabel Archer" is about the protagonist in Henry James' Potrait of a Lady and it has a soft country style which works well. "Bulletproof" is a sensitive song, much aided by Ian Moore's backing vocals. The title song is and eighties-sounding wide screen moment, Dara's vocals sound delightfully sweet. She covers Bowie's "Heroes" - which is a hard feat; she won't replace the original in anyone's heart, but her version has its own soul.

Alicia Dara's new album is just great.

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