Tina Dico - In The Red Album Review

Tina Dico In The Red Album

Review of In The Red Album by Tina Dico

Tina Dico

In The Red

Finest Gramophone

Album Review

Merging the worlds of Elliot Smith and Joni Mitchell is something that is dangerous to even contemplate. This Zero 7 member makes light work of the task in the sorrowful opener 'Losing' and continues in this vein, via the haunting and trembling 'Warm Sand', delving deep into her soul to ponder the lurid world of lies and lie tellers. Dico's ranging and troubled vocal style sits equally as well with slow, bristling acoustic backing, as well as being able to open out to accommodate the forceful, full band style accompaniments.

The way Tina uses her poetic nature to take a step back and understand what is happening around her, makes you remember how exciting it was to discover Beth Orton. 'In The City' is a perfect example of this, mainly for its bristly vocals that that hover around each point made. The flighty 'Give In' displays catchy lyrical prowess that helps the number soar around the mind;

"Too young to be heroes

Too old to be April fools

Too smart to be honest

We've got too much to lose

It's too late to be perfect."

With each track weighing in at over the three and a half minute mark, Tina takes pride in building up the feeling and painting a full picture, often on a downtrodden aspect of life. This is done in a polished manner that avoids falling into the self pity trap, as the slow turning and pondering 'Use Me', highlights. Dico is truly an artist in touch with the real world and has an impressive sense of how to capture her true feelings in a song.

David Adair

Catch Tina Dico on tour at a venue near you:

03.04.2006 Glasgow ABC 2 Buy ticket

04.04.2006 Newcastle Academy 2 )

05.04.2006 Nottingham The Maze )

06.04.2006 Birmingham Glee Club )

09.04.2006 Manchester Night And Day )

10.04.2006 Milton Keynes The Stables )

11.04.2006 Reading Arts Centre )

12.04.2006 London Dingwall's




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