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Broken Down Acoustic Sessions

by Dana Fuchs

A compilation of stripped down versions of Dana's songs, including brand new material created by Dana's exploration of different song-writing partners, plus a passionate cover version of Bobby Bland's "Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City."
Genre: Blues: Blues-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Almost Home
4:33 album only
2. The Lie
4:09 album only
3. What Went Right
4:43 album only
4. Climb Over
2:58 album only
5. Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City
4:02 album only
6. Baby Loves the Life
3:46 album only
7. Moment Away
3:52 album only
8. Wait Up
3:34 album only
9. Kind of Love
3:18 album only
10. So Hard to Move
5:08 album only
11. Say so Long
4:18 album only
12. Keepsake
3:37 album only
13. Misery
4:17 album only
14. Sad Salvation
5:23 album only


Album Notes
Dana Fuchs Broken Down Acoustic Sessions
Published: Friday, 06 November 2015
Written by Giovanni "Gio" Pilato

Broken Down is an album that meant to be made, maybe through divine intervention. The new album by Dana Fuchs is her first acoustic record, a record that Fuchs' fans wanted for a very long time. The central theme of the album came up by pure accident during the recording session, simply by staring at photos of some of Fuchs' family members, sadly passed away prematurily.

The American Artist has always had a very close relationship with her family and such personal losses made a big effect on the New York based singer/songwriter's soul. Being on Tour has been a kind of antidote for Dana Fuchs in the last couple of years, able to discharge her sorrow night after night on stage, with her devoted fans and her band. Broken Down encapsules 14 stripped-to-the-bone songs, some of them brand new, other previously released on early albums plus the cover of Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City.

The album, as mentioned by Fuchs on the sleeve notes, is a meditation in music on love and loss on a deep, personal level. Lyrically, Dana Fuchs explores the life journey she has been through in the last couple of years with the usual, unique intensity and honesty that have been some of the trademarks of her career, together with her powerful, beautiful voice. There are songs about holding memories of the past, although painful sometimes (Keepsake, What Went Right), which the American Artist knows to be the only recipe she knows to hold on to the meaning of life. Dana Fuchs sings with her heart and soul on each song, no matter whether it is about sufference and loss (Moment Away) or love (Kind Of Love).

Jon Diamond, Fuchs' Compadre of a lifetime, shows his craftmanship once again in co-producing the album (together with Fuchs), playing acoustic/electric guitars and harmonica beautifully. One of Diamond's big merit is to be able to read and feel Fuchs' inner feelings like no other and, as a consequence, to complete musically Fuchs' outstanding singing style on the album.

The closing tracks of the record are particularly moving. Misery, a demo that Fuchs made some time ago and never saw the light of the day until now, shows a woman that is trying hard to get back on her feet, still living the pain of her personal losses ("Are you just like me? Holding on to misery... You need someone to believe in).

Dana Fuchs has announced recently to the press that she will take some time off from touring, before the Winter Tour and given what she has been through, that is perfectly understandable. This beautiful acoustic album has allowed the singer/songwriter to express and let go, under the art form she likes the most, all the pain Fuchs has been through and still going. It is not a coincidence that in Sad Salvation, the song that closes the record, there are lyrics such as "She smiles at the children selling candy on the street, remembers the good old days, a life so bittersweet. Listens to the schoolgirls sing their songs a little louder and with the weight of the world she walks a little prouder".

Dana Fuchs has got all the right to feel that pride, especially on this record. With Broken Down, Fuchs has been able to frame a crucial, although sad part of her life on a special record like this and, at the same time, to gift her fans with a body of work of incredible intensity. Broken Down is food for soul and a beautiful portrait of true artistry and poetry.
-Giovanni "Gio" Pilato

Dana Fuchs goes home in ‘Broken Down’ acoustic sessions
“Broken Down” is Dana Fuchs without the glam power band, at home in a room with her memories and her ghosts.
By: Carol Banks Weber AXS Contributor Nov 4, 2015

There’s no doubt about it, Dana Fuchs can blow the roof off any venue — stadium, fancy jazz club, your next door neighbor’s tavern. She’s the modern-day Pied Piper, leading with her heart in that all-feeling voice.

The blues-rock singer/songwriter is most famous for blowing the socks off audiences as Sadie in the Beatles-inspired, 2007 rock musical, “Across The Universe,” and as Janis Joplin in the 2001 off-Broadway musical, “Love, Janis.”

On her own, she’s amassed quite the legion of fans hungry for meaning, connection, and true fellowship, the kind lacking in churches in the crossroads of a new selfie age. Wherever Fuchs goes, the congregation follows.

The congregation will thoroughly enjoy Fuchs’ Church of Love and Surrender in her upcoming new album, Broken Down — set to officially drop on December 15, with pre-sales next Monday. Fuchs’ acoustic sessions feature familiar concert favorites, like “So Hard To Move,” a cover of Bobby Bland’s “Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City,” as well as new songs she and her songwriting partners have put together.

The difference? The new compilation album is pure Fuchs, as bare as bare can be, with only her voice and one or two instruments. Her spectacular voice holds up through all the intimate spaces of a bloodshot moon and the roadside exits of lost loves.

It’s Dana Fuchs after the show, exhausted, a little beat up, and in the mood to tell some late-night stories. Melodically, most of the acoustic blues meanders from one unending track to another, unfinished, and without much musical interest — save for Fuchs’ individual effort and one or two instrumental sparrows (that harmonica trying to be still in “Say So Long”).

Then, you get to “Wait Up.” Everything about this song leans toward the melodic catch of a classic pop tune, discovered by a new generation. When Fuchs revs up with, “I’m gonna catch a plane, jump a train, drive all night in the rain, wait up for me,” and sustains the vocal clarity in the blues-gospel climb, it’s the equivalent of slow-mo as the prodigal son steps through those hallowed doors back into the church of his parents’ hopes and dreams. It’s the perfect, internal rhythmic beat; it’s hers.

She rides that lyrical train for a difference that will make any listener’s blood flow, with renewed hope despite the dragging dirge that threatens to swallow her whole. Her voice literally changes, lightens the load, and reaches forward toward the light — echoed in the gospel truth of the piano that accompanies her.

“Wait Up” is Dana Fuchs, coming straight from the heart, from the pits of hell.

The entire compilation album is Fuchs working through her pain with music — a blessing she and her legion of fans understand all too well. For an artist like her, every word of every lyric around every bluesy bend is a process that takes her closer to that sad, bittersweet salvation.

Last month, Fuchs had to cancel a couple of dates in her European tour due to some personal losses. She should be back on the road soon, headed back to the States, starting with New York’s Highline Ballroom this Friday night — loaded up with advance copies of her new album, Broken Down.

In an October 2 blog entry, Fuchs wrote of the emotional impact of those losses, as well as a little more about her upcoming album. “The title says it all… It is not only reflective of how the songs are recorded, but also speaks to the heartache and perseverance of the last two decades of my music career,” she explained. “A career that thanks to you all, has steadily built over these recent years of touring non-stop and gives me a place to let it all out! The album has been officially dedicated to my late family members and to all of you who celebrate life with me at every show.” - Carol Banks Weber

Review: Dana Fuchs' ‘Broken Down’
by Myles Hunt

NOVEMBER 6, 2015
Probably my favorite thing to do when wandering in the stores of NYC or watching movies is silently Shazaming the unknown songs playing over the airwaves. However, there was a time when technology like Shazam did not exist and people had to remember to look up, which was often a difficult process, the music we discovered that day. For example, back in my freshman year in college, while home in Buffalo NY, I went out to see the film Across The Universe with my family.

For those of you who have not seen the epic film, it is truly is something entertaining to watch. It tells a story through the music and lyrics of The Beatles. Throughout the tale we are also introduced to characters that represent tributes to musicians like Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin along with cameos from legendary musicians of the time like Joe Cocker. I remember clearly being transfixed by one of the actresses in the film, whom I later learned was actually a professional musician in her own right. This spectacular woman is Dana Fuchs. Dana unleashed a powerful voice like no other and had audiences shocked. Once we got back home that night, I quickly downloaded the entire album and Dana became a staple in my music world.

Dana’s rendition of Helter Skelter was the hook for me. Once I heard her take on that classic song, she won me over as an instant fan. Since then, I have been an active follower and have loved her music. Recently, I was given a rare treat to listen to her new acoustic album, ‘Broken Down: Acoustic Sessions,’ set to drop on December 15th. For those of you who have never heard of Dana, listen to this album first before perusing her impressive discography. This acoustic arrangement is the perfect introduction to her breadth of talent and gives true weight to her astonishing voice. Below you will find two of my favorites from this outstanding new issue.

Almost Home is the ideal starting point here. Almost Home will give you the softer side of it all where the listener can truly hear the vocals at hand. With its presentation of the harmonica and the fueling of the guitar, Dana’s voice shines through straightaway. What starts off as somber and soft praise elevates to the signature raspy power of Ms. Fuchs. Her depth into the song reverberates through the headphones and the listener is compelled to feeling everything involved. Listeners cannot help but give in to it all. The wailing of her voice seals the deal. There is nobody else out there that can let free a fury like her voice while holding true to the sensations of the music.

Probably the next best thing on ‘Broken Down’ is Dana’s soulfully scratchy rendition of Bobby Bland’s Ain’t No Love In The Heart of the City. Transitioning to a loud passionate tune, the listener can hear a new side of Dana. Again, get ready to jump right into the power of the lyrics that are amplified by Ms. Fuch’s singing. This is Dana at her loudest and it is joyously welcomed. I love hearing the full range of her screams. She is simply not faking it when she hits those high yells. There is an intense focus and drive with each note that is honoring the song’s message. Your foot is thumping all along with the guitar as she continues to addresses us.

‘Broken Down’ just keeps getting better and better. I encourage you all to give this album a listen come November 10th and better yet, start exploring Dana Fuch’s musical library to get a taste of her genius. I, for one, remain spell bounded by her music and voice. Oh, she is not hard on the eyes either my friends, a perfect beauty to behold. On these fall days in the city, Dana Fuchs is just what we need. Jam On. - Myles Hunt



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