Album Review: Drifting in Circles by Dafni

Album Name: Drifting in Circles
Artist: Dafni
Year/Label: 2005 / Independent

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Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

I reviewed Dafni’s CD, Red back in January of 2005 and I really liked it. So imagine my happiness to get this one and see that the press kit calls this one “a hundred times better” than Red!

While, ‘a hundred times’ may be a slight exaggeration this is a really nice recording.

I love these songs. She ventures out into a bunch of different genres while maintaining a general style and not letting the record get schizophrenic. The musicianship here is first class.

Blue-Eyed Boy is a nice waltz.

Dance is a fun, sexy, tango that will make you wish you knew how to ballroom dance (if you already do, then I bet you’ll have trouble sitting still)

There are times when her voice is just a tiny hair off of the note. It’s so close, so so close….but I can overlook it because the songs are so good. And when she hits it (which is way more often than not) her voice is very pleasing and sounds great with the style. Her voice really stands out on I Don’t Mean to Disappoint You.

One Day reminds me of The Squirrel Nut Zippers. It’s not quite that jumpy, but is reminiscent of the style they have. I guess it’s the banjo.

I love that she has a song called Cheesy Love Song. For the record I don’t find it cheesy. It’s sweet.

Like I said, these are great songs, and Dafni wrote them all herself so we’re looking at a very talented young woman.

If you’re yearning for something jazzy-pop like with a slightly old tyme feel this is a good choice.

Posted on December 20, 2005

Track Listing
Listen to track samples while you read
1. Blue-eyed Boy
2. Dance
3. Falling
4. Norma
5. Song For George
6. One Day
7. Send My Love
8. I Don’t Mean to Disappoint You
9. Cheesy Love Song
10. Saturday
11. Best Day
12. The Wind and the Rain

[Dafni Official Site]


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