A Fine Frenzy Bomb in a Birdcage

A Fine Frenzy Bomb in a Birdcage

A Fine Frenzy are, apparently, very popular. Capitalizing on Twitter, Alison Sudol has managed to gather more than one million followers (then again, so has Ashton Kutcher), and that has translated into a great deal of anticipation for her second album, Bomb in a Birdcage. While the first album saw Sudol labelled as another in a long line of sensitive female singer-songwriters, this follow-up is a different beast altogether. There is more of a band presence this time around, plus the songs are more immediate and catchy. There are still some of her trademark piano ballads, but at its core, Bomb in a Birdcage is a rather good pop album. Sudol's voice still echoes that of Tori Amos's (without the emotional baggage), in part because of the piano as their instrument of choice. But by bringing in more synth and guitars than before it's taken her in many new directions successfully. Expect to hear "New Heights" and "Blow Away" many, many times in the next 12 months. (Virgin)