Dot Allison's long-awaited solo debut, Afterglow, continues the dubby, dreamy direction of her critically acclaimed former group One Dove. Allison's clear, airy voice floats over trip-hop-inspired beats on tracks like the single "Colour Me" and "Mo' Pop," while the languid slide guitars and filtered vocals on "Tomorrow Never Comes" suggest a futuristic Mazzy Star. Allison worked with a number of producers and collaborators, including Death in Vegas' Richard Fearless, My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields, Primal Scream's Mani, All Saints' Magnus Fiennes, and pop songwriter Hal David, all of whom add to the album's sonic diversity. However, Allison's light, sweet vocals and the album's dance beats provide a solid foundation for Afterglow's pleasant, post trip-hop pop.
by Heather Phares