As I’ve stated before, one of the great things about keeping an MP3 blog is the opportunity to hear new music first hand. In the case of Alison Breitman, this works as a great benefit.
Alison was kind enough to send a copy of her second album, The Game, to me and I’ve taken a week to properly soak in its eleven tracks. And I’ve come to the conclusion that she’s destined for greatness.
The Game is a well-balanced record, featuring smart production, heartfelt writing and equal shares of down tempo tracks and more ‘rocking’ numbers. Her songs fall primarily into the topic of relationships and the games one plays when they find themself in one. ‘This Ride,’ one of the album’s more breezier songs, is a smooth, lovelorn ballad which offers its listeners a great seat to experience Alison’s beautifully clear voice.
On ‘Again,’ with its rootsy, foot-tapping backdrop, we find her in a considerably more aggressive position, perpetuating a relationship that is knowingly doomed, yet the sexual chemistry is too difficult to ignore. Ultimately exclaiming that ‘the sweat between my breasts will tell you all you need to know.’
‘Heavy’, another strong track, accepts that emotional baggage keeps her from maintaining a decent relationship, but offers hope with ‘Don’t take this badly, you’re the only one left standing.’
‘Unknowing’ is yet another stand-out. With a soft-spoken introduction, it transforms into a percussion driven infection, declaring that the object of her affection’s cluelessness is not as genuine as he would lead her to believe.
Currently based in New York, Alison regularly performs in the area and seems to be building a strong following. Both of her albums are available for purchase via the terrific CDBaby (hmm…. just in time for Christmas). Her official website also features ‘Unknowing’ and two other fine tracks to download.
While it seems to be typical to describe a female musician with countless others mainly just because they play guitar and share the same gender, Alison Breitman is a talent not to be ignored and listening to The Game will cement that.