Alana Davis

Blame It on Me

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It's strange that singer/songwriter Alana Davis first received national attention through "32 Flavors," a cover of an Ani DiFranco song. In one way, the gesture was fitting, since it acknowledged a primary influence, but in another way it was frustrating, since her debut album Blame It on Me showcases a strong developing songwriter. Drawing equally from folk and pop, Davis comes on as a refined, refashioned DiFranco -- one with a stronger melodic sense and a willingness to indulge in slick production. Davis is a little weaker lyrically, and that sinks a few of the songs, but many tracks here are quite promising indeed. At her best, there's a sophisticated, jazzy lilt to her folk-pop, graced with provocative lyrics. Granted, there are a few missteps along the way, but overall, Blame It on Me is a promising debut.

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