Ariel S. Lee | The Vigilante

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The Vigilante

by Ariel S. Lee

Beautiful, tremulous melodies mixed with hardcore, explicit rock.
Genre: Rock: Riot Grrrl
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Runaway
2:23 $0.99
2. Jezebel
2:55 $0.99
3. Brave New World
2:38 $0.99
4. Blue
4:59 $0.99
5. Jealous Girlfriend
2:47 $0.99
6. Scissors
3:14 $0.99
7. Saliva
3:49 $0.99
8. Carrot Cake
3:17 $0.99
9. Embers
3:15 $0.99
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Album Notes

It's sex, lies, and audiotape here to take you on a ride with a new album by singer/songwriter Ariel S. Lee

The Vigilante is a diary. It is the personal account of pain and love spanning a four-year college education and a world blended into fantasy and reality. After graduating high school, Ariel S. Lee attended UC Santa Cruz. She started as a naive freshman and went through a series of rough breakups, broken friendships, webs of gossip and lies, and finally came out the other side happy and in love. Before arriving, Ariel had to come to terms with her anger, her sexuality, her violence, and most importantly her vulnerability.

Throughout the college experience Ariel secretly wrote about her alter ego, a devil-may-care, funny tough girl who laughed or shot her way through all her problems. The stories followed her everyday life, transforming her friends, rivals and lovers into characters as it went along. Writing under a pseudonym, Ariel accrued a small fan base who never knew who she really was. Using her talent for songwriting, she compiled it all into this album.




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Sam Parr

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"The Vigilante" has landed... in Toronto!

I got home late today, and there was the package at my door, a two-pack including "April Rising" from 2004 ("Honey" was out of stock when I ordered - damn!)

Now I've been sitting here running through an hour of - without hyperbole - some of the most f*ing amazing music I've ever heard since I don't know when.

Usually CDs have one or two tracks going for them. Not here. "Vigilante" and "April" don't waste a beat of music. Every track is an experience, the way that Alanis Morissette or Savage Garden crafted their albums.

Listening to the two albums side-by-side for the first time is also a revelation. The spare acoustic piano of the 2004 "Jezebel" evolves to the full orchestration of the 2007 version. The lyrical, balladic beauty of a love song like "Embers" contrasts with the paean to destructive love, "Saliva".

I listen to this, and I am both enamoured, as a music lover... and also driven to despair, as a songwriter, that I cannot write anything like this. In poetry, yes, once in a while I've managed to sharpen my knife enough to be able to stab the listener through the heart... but with words and music? "Scissors" is a case in point, in both albums a haunting and horrific ode to obsession: "But you hurt me again so I took my scissors and I cut you out".

Although her mastery of the piano (self-taught!) is impressive enough, Ariel S. Lee isn't just another Vanessa Carlton. She's Vanessa Carlton with an ice-pick.

To those who have not yet discovered the songs on "Vigilante" or "April Rising", or who have yet to make their acquaintance with Ariel S. Lee: It's time. This is the real thing.