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I'll Ask Her

by Alison Pipitone

This is an all-acoustic album. Fans of Alison get ready to hear what happens when the electric guitar gets unplugged long enough to bring you 10 beautiful songs -or better yet, 10 beautiful stories. A must-have for fans of Alison's music.
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Jacob's Medley
3:12 $0.99
2. I Am Not Yours
3:33 $0.99
3. Wanna Go Back in Time
2:42 $0.99
4. I'll Ask Her
3:37 $0.99
5. 1969 Cobalt Blue Camaro
3:50 $0.99
6. Sister
3:20 $0.99
7. Bring It On
5:20 $0.99
8. Secret Lover
2:28 $0.99
9. Baby, You're Done
3:33 $0.99
10. A Boy and His Dog
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Album Notes
Alison Pipitone
I'll Ask Her
Slice Records
by Samuel L. Wereb

Alison Pipitone writes poetry that rocks. She's one part cover girl, two parts Springsteen, one part Liz Phair and a bucket-full of Kurt Cobain. Blended together with a whiskey-laced voice, she's a powerful concoction of lyric-driven, folky alternative rock with sharp, 100-proof melodies and scorching full-on performances.

I'll Ask Her is her fifth record and it is a significant departure from her previous work. This one is completely stripped down to just her vocals and acoustic guitar and it features contemplative, introspective songwriting for somewhat quieter moments. It's her Nebraska, and I'll Ask Her is meant to play on the rhyme. Even the cover photo of a bleak Buffalo streetscape harkens back to it.

Ironically, this is an artist who has those highly coveted right-now pop songstress looks, but she doesn't show the slightest glimpse of them on this CD. She seems to have set aside her outward looks and expressions and turned entirely inward. This is a very fine record, which may reach a wider audience than her previous Grrrl-rock recordings. There is some superb songwriting here.

Pipitone played more than 150 dates in 2002, and those who only know her live or by her previous releases may not immediately get this one. She is a complicated, enigmatic artist, and analyzing most of her lyrics is way above my pay grade. Still, like the best songwriters, when she wants to make imagery perfectly clear she makes it look easy. "1969 Cobalt Blue Camaro" is a good example. It immediately evokes some of the best Simon and Garfunkel ballads or Bruce Springsteen nostalgia.

Stripped down like this she sounds a little like Lucinda Williams, an artist she admires. Other times she's more playful and romantic, like Liz Phair sans the overt sexual content. She has a full, robust voice, and the whole record is done with about twice Lucinda's talent and maybe one-tenth of Phair's typical budget.

The rest of the album is romantic, complex, and a little melancholy, containing devotional love songs and nostalgic reminiscences of her childhood. "Bring It On" is a semi-autobiographical adolescent anthem told in another's voice. Springsteen used to do this stuff. Only he doesn't fuck with the listener's head like she does or Cobain did. "I Am Not Yours" is so ardent and searingly good it sounds like it was stolen from Cobain's estate. There are a lot of different styles in here and they all work. "Secret Lover" could have been one of those lost songs Steve Earle says he sold for dope. She's that good.

Alison Pipitone is on her way to becoming a star. She sings with charm, vim, and vitriol; lightning in a bottle, basically. She's a top-flight songwriter with a wicked vocal left-hook and serious attitude.

Her earlier records are damned good, too. Don't pass them up if you like smart alternative rock, sung like Hell-on-wheels.



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al brown

very close to the soul
this is a great example of a very talented artist.
"unplugged" gives us a real world feel for what she really can do.


Great CD
This is a great CD. Another heartfelt collection. You can tell that A. Pipitone has experienced the emotions on this CD and she speaks to her audience. Another great CD as are her previous releases. See her in person...she is great.

Nate M.

a fantastic album
I bought I'll ask here at a resent show. I had heard some of the material earlier and was really amazed. Standouts on the album include, but are not limited to, jacob's meledy & Bring it on. Alison is an excellent lyricist who truly understands how to use the medium as an artform. Heartfelt, honest, and sometimes humorous with a dry sense of humor, Alison has created a wonderful album here that is a real testimate to the area.


I don't think I could have purchased this CD at a more fitting time in my life. It has become a soundtrack. I favor 69 Cobalt Blue Camero, but they all have a story and life of their own, sung in AP's distinctly hypnotic voice.

Linda F

Great lyrics sung with heart
I'll Ask Her comes straight from the heart with story-telling lyrics and an unforgetable voice...Buy it! You won't regret it!