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When Women Kill

by Diana Daly

Contemporary songstress whose lonesome, introspective sound bridges old time ballads and indie rock.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Down By Moonlight (feat. Kate Lawrence)
Diana Daly & Diana Daly
4:05 $0.99
2. Finish Me Off (feat. Matthew J. Thomson & Scott Dunbar)
Diana Daly & Diana Daly
6:29 $0.99
3. Sleep Alone (feat. Matthew J. Thomson, Noah Segal, Scott Dunbar, Danielle Labeau-Peterson, Cherie Pyne, Diana Daly, Kate Lawrence, Alexander Patrick-Whyte & Darrell Grace)
Diana Daly & Diana Daly
4:30 $0.99
4. Silver Dagger (feat. Anne Gauthier, Nan Thomson, Kate Lawrence & Danielle Labeau-Peterson)
Diana Daly & Diana Daly
3:47 $0.99
5. Sluts and Backstabbers (feat. Matthew J. Thomson)
Diana Daly & Diana Daly
4:05 $0.99
6. Safe Harbour (feat. Scott Dunbar, Alexander Patrick-Whyte, Cherie Pyne, Anne Gauthier & Matthew J. Thomson)
Diana Daly & Diana Daly
5:36 $0.99
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Album Notes
There are two paths to country (or “alternative country,” if you prefer) music in the twenty-first century. The easy road is Ironic Hipster Lane, where the lines of appreciation and mockery are beer-blurry, and where no-one has to believe in what they’re crooning, much less in what they’re hearing.

Then there’s the hard road, the road of honesty, heartache, calloused fingers, and singing through tears. You can call it Heartbreak Hill if you like, or Path of Sorrows. It’s the road Diana Daly has walked, guitar case in hand, to bring us When Women Kill.

Daly’s six-track recording includes traditional folk numbers performed in a rich Americana style, alongside originals that tell us of the desperate frustration of thwarted love. The selections are truthful and brave; “Silver Dagger” is a particularly strong choice of traditional material, and while Daly’s recording is a nod to Dolly Parton’s bluegrass version, the song is given a new ferocity here, as sweet longing and disappointment give way to a sense of rage and betrayal on the part of “tender maidens” who have been wronged by the handsome devils of the world.

“Sleep Alone” picks up where “Silver Dagger” leaves off, a modern story of love gone wrong, of love that just can’t be shaken despite its shortcomings. Arranged with echoed whistles and layered yodels, enthusiastic zydeco accordion and triumphant trombone, the song’s rousing build creates a beautiful tension with the pain reflected in the lyrics. It’s a tune made for singing along with, sneaking a melancholy message into the listener’s mind by hitching it to an infectively upbeat melody.

If you prefer your heartache straight-up, “Finish Me Off” and “Safe Harbour” deliver the kind of cathartic lonesomeness and self-doubt that wash over you like the waves of Daly’s Atlantic childhood home – beautiful and deadly. Fear, desolation, and despondency are like comfort blankets here, in songs where sadness and hurt are so acute, and so perfectly rendered in the drone of accordion, choral back-ups, and distorted guitar, that the broken heart within each of us aches a little, no matter how scarred-over it might be.

“Sluts and Backstabbers” is another anthem of heartbreak, framed as a lamentation for a world where the shoddy treatment of a woman spurned is a norm that can’t be questioned, and where social convention victimizes the jilted lover again and again, where “voicing concern’s not allowed.” The words express a kind of hurt that would seem like paranoia, if we didn’t know them to be the utter truth.

A lesser person might react to such intensity of heartbreak and rejection with bitterness, but there is none of that in When Women Kill. Daly’s rendition of the old bluegrass track “Down by the Moonlight,” is infused with the very devotion that leads to vulnerability and heartbreak. Where the voice in “Finish Me Off” is dying of hurt, the voice of “Down by the Moonlight” is would be happy to die for love, despite being behind prison walls. It’s a beautiful song, produced simply, and performed exquisitely.

With its depth of feeling, its unguarded-ness, and its attention to technical detail, When Women Kill is an outstanding album. Background music it’s not; good luck to anyone trying to carry on a conversation without being distracted by a line of exceptional emotional accuracy or by Daly’s haunting vocals. These are songs that need to be listened to, and stories from the Path of Sorrows that need to be believed.

When Women Kill - Review by: Andreae Callanan

When Women Kill, Diana Daly
Produced by Diana Daly and Matthew J. Thomson
Recorded at [Insert Name Here] Productions, Montreal, Quebec, 2011
Recorded and Mixed by Matthew J. Thomson
Mastered by Jason Whelan at The Sound Solution, St. John's, Newfoundland

~ My most heartfelt and sincere gratitude to my village of friends and family ~

Matthew J. Thomson, Danielle Hamel, Darrell Grace, Kate Lawrence, Scott Dunbar, Danielle Labeau-Peterson, Alexander Patrick-White, Anne Gauthier, Jimmy Rose, Marcella Moser, Mihai Wilson, Ford Elms, Neil Butler, Leah Lewis, Michael Slack, Robert Chafe, Wayne Boone, Denis Guerin, Kay Haynes, Maria Haynes, Arthur Haynes, Bill Haynes, David Candow, Andreae Callanan, Erin Whitney, Danielle Evans, Paul Stewart, Justin Avery, Chris Hutchings,The Newfoundland and Labrador CAPE Fund, The Montreal Sacred Harp Pleasure Society, Lois Brown, Erin Kennedy, Sasa Brown, Pat Boyle and Cherie Pyne.



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