Review : Amy Dalley - Coming Out of the Pain
Rough StockDalley’s songwriting is characterized by naked honesty and straightforwardness in tackling everyday emotional conflicts. As suggested by its title, Coming Out of the Pain largely deals with the ins and outs of stormy relationships. While the bird-flipping brashness of raucous album opener “Peace Sign” may be a turnoff for some, the song earns points for creating a realistically flawed and vulnerable character whom has been discourteously dumped by her boyfriend via email. Closing track “Some Goodbye” finds Dalley sounding genuinely bewildered by the insensitivity of her ex and she pines “What a way to break me.” On “I May Love You Now,” she warns her noncommittal lover that “I may love you now, but that don’t mean I will.” Through such material, a thread of emotional angst is woven throughout the record, with an emphasis on empowerment that comes to a head on the moving-on-themed title track.
While the sonic treatment tends to be uneven in places, Dalley’s lyrics often provide redemption, and she turns in an overall solid set of songs. But while her solid songwriting chops remain on ample display, Coming Out of the Pain could stand to be a little more refined, and a lot less loud. ...full text
Country music reviewCountry radio listeners may recognize Amy Dalley from her days recording for Curb Records, during which she released several low-charting singles, with her highest being 2004’s #23-peaking “Men Don’t Change.” Due to the disappointing chart performance of her singles, Curb Records shelved the album, and Dalley later exited the Curb roster in 2008. Finally, she released the album It’s Time in 2009 via digital retailers. The follow-up Coming Out of the Pain has just been released on Dalley’s own label imprint Madjack Records, via Rock Ridge Music.
Though Dalley’s past efforts have shown her to be a capable vocalist, Coming Out of the Pain finds her at times attempting to tackle melodies that collide with her limited range, and she wanders off pitch quite a few times in the course of this album. This is particularly noticeable on cuts like “Breakin’ It Down” and “Damage Is Done,” which find Dalley straining to reach high notes that make her voice sound thinner than it is. Likewise, party rocker “Saturday Night Situation” embraces a shouted-out style that highlights Dalley’s vocal imperfections instead of covering over them. ...full text
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