Abbie Barrett | Dying Day

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Dying Day

by Abbie Barrett

unique compositions, intelligent lyrics, and a smoky, sweet voice…abbie barrett should be on every music lover’s radar.
Genre: Pop: Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Bang
3:41 album only
2. Stillborn
4:51 album only
3. Start a Fire
3:59 album only
4. Dying Day
3:47 album only
5. Train
4:55 album only
6. Disappointing You
3:48 album only
7. Got a Little Light
3:50 album only
8. Bide My Time
4:43 album only
9. Night Driving
5:23 album only
10. Say I Am
4:56 album only


Album Notes
Singing back up in a number of bands for years, Abbie Barrett decided to start writing her own songs about three years ago. This is her first album. She tours regularly in the New England area with a host of different musicians.

Here's what other people have to say:

“Abbie Barrett has the kind of voice that people can try for years to obtain, but for her it comes effortlessly. Her singing is flawless, smoky, and sweet, and her sense of arrangement and instrumentation is nothing short of classy."—Eilen Jewell, musician

"When Abbie Barrett visits WERS again in the future, it will be downright mind boggling to hear what she will have come up with. Barrett seems completely unafraid to tackle genres far out of what is expected of her, and this will undoubtedly reap benefits in the future."—WERS (Emerson College Radio)

"Boston area singer-songwriter Abbie Barrett (Runner-up award winner at the 4th Annual IAMA), has only been writing music for about two years and has been playing shows for about a year, yet her music and lyrics shows depth and maturity far beyond her experience...Abbie shows a lot of promise."
RATING: **** (4.5 out of 5 Stars)—International Acoustic Music Awards

Review of Dying Day
At first listen, I considered comparing Abbie Barrett’s solo debut to that of Sarah RabDAU & Self-Employed Assassins, or even to the Dresden Dolls. Although she has elements of each of these artists and more, Barrett best belongs in a category all her own. Still, I am positive I have heard something like this before. There is something strangely familiar about her music and yet, this does not detract from its uniqueness. Barrett is refreshing, a bright light among others of her genre. This is evident through compelling vocals, ever-changing chord progressions and spontaneous melodies. The album’s opener, “Bang” is a venture into a deeper, darker realm of cabaret. Exquisitely crafted, the track is sensual; setting the tone for the rest of the disc, which is at times positively upbeat and at others morose, but never predictable. “Start a Fire” manages to run the gamut of emotions, as it alternates back and forth between intimate acoustic to a full band, while “Night Driving” echoes Kathleen Edwards. All in all, Barrett’s diversity keeps me guessing… and I like it."—Julia R. DeStefano in The Noise magazine



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Jamie Summers

Hardline reviewer
Abbie Barrett comes at you with a voice that's somehow delicate but not fragile. At times there are hints of Kathleen Edwards (Night Driving) and Chrissy Hynde (Start a Fire, Bide My Time) but her voice is all her own. She has one of the most compelling voices I've heard in years.

Barrett displays some musical range with interesting melodies without any music school pretensions. Stand out tracks include Start a Fire, Disappointing You, Got a Little Light and the title track. I'd give it 5 stars but then this review might lose credibility. The only way I can justify 4 instead of 5 is I can pick on the sub-par production. I'm sure this was a low budget, personally funded endeavor and with that in mind the album is outstanding.

**Update, 8dec08** Upon further listenings on better equipment I retract my comment about the sub-par production. It's actually quite good with interesting subtleties sprinked about. A bit too much 'verb here and there which, in Barrett's case, is entirely unnecessary since her friggin' voice is so awesome I don't want it covered up with anything.

I wish the lyrics were included since I'm too lazy to try to catch them all but I can detect some biting wit, insightfullness, (autobiographical introspection?) and, you know, good words (which, obviously, I don't have...).

I'll leave the score at a 4 since I have a reputation to uphold but c'mon people, this gem is a 6. Oh, and while Got A Little Light is a fine song I'd like to replace it with Say I Am on my stand out tracks list because it kicks serious ass. I mean, wow.