Rise Up

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Blending art rock and alternative rock with avant-garde jazz, Dadadah is about as radical and left of center as it gets. After earning a small cult following in lower Manhattan in the mid-'90s, the band received a bit of national exposure with Rise Up. This very uncompromising CD underscores the fact that for all her eccentricity, lead singer/founder Kitty Brazelton really does have a strong voice. When Brazelton (whose résumé ranged from working as a go-go dancer to leading the obscure bands Hide the Babies and Musica Orbis) tackles such abstract, dissonant offerings as "The Night Is Mine" and "Texture 5 (My Perfect Toes)," it's clear how impressive her range is. Brazelton is also heard on flute, and her free-spirited colleagues in Dadadah include horns and string players, as well as a rhythm section. Rise Up is a daring gem that only the most adventurous listeners will want to listen to.

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