So A.D.D. | 100 Years of Silence

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100 Years of Silence

by So A.D.D.

The songs of So A.D.D. wind their way through trip hop, folk and alternative without deciding a genre, but Jol'e's haunting and eclectic voice is the glue that holds it all together.
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1. Potential Disaster
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2. I Wish
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3. Straitjacket
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4. Don't Trip
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5. Dark Night
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6. Fire's Burnin'
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7. Micasa
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8. Brown Eyes
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9. Pretty Shocker
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10. There I Go
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11. When I Was Running Out of Time
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12. Why Am I Here?
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13. 100 Years of Silence
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14. I Miss You
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
When Seattle chanteuse Jol’e Williams played her demo tapes for friends, they exclaimed, “You’re so A.D.D.!”…And the name stuck. That’s because genres mean nothing to this unique and talented singer/songwriter and artist. One song may be dark, trippy electronica, while the next may be a simple, beautiful folk song. Then in another, she may be belting out a kinky punk-rock-like anthem to a boy who died.

Through it all, Jol’e’s haunting and eclectic voice is the glue that holds it all together. Somehow it all works, and her debut album, “100 Years of Silence,” features 14 songs with just as many emotions.

Most of the original tracks were initially recorded by Jol’e and multi-instrumentalist and partner, Mok Marquardt, in their native Seattle.

But then, Jol’e put out the call on MySpace Music to find like-minded musicians and songwriters around the world to collaborate with. Many answered the call, and those songs are featured on “100 Years of Silence.” Sometimes she contributed the lyrics, and they set them to music, such as in the title track (with Israel’s Michel Sellam of the color green), and sometimes she set other writers’ lyrics to music (as in the track “There I Go”, penned by Greg Connors, who appears on the recording as harmony vocalist). Another collaboration like this resulted in the haunting “Straitjacket”, which was written by Jesse Lewis from Florida, and has been described as a female Tom Waits tune.

The gorgeous folk song “I Wish,” which was written by Belgium’s Olivier Vanespen of Meteor, originally appeared on his MySpace page with his lead vocals. He sent the instrument tracks to Jol’e, who then dubbed in her poignant vocals (along with her young son, Nolan).

Also featured is a cover of Joseph Arthur's recent song "When I Was Running Out of Time." When Joseph heard So A.D.D.'s spunky rendition of his song, he exclaimed that it was better than his!

Producer Stan Satin, of Scared Records in Atlanta, is someone else Jol’e met online whose ears had been perked up by So A.D.D.’s unique style. He requested a disc of the songs, and immediately signed the artist to Scared Records. Additional instruments and vocals were added by Satin and his cohorts in Atlanta, resulting in the stunning debut album, “100 Years of Silence.”

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Jeff Clark ----Stomp and Stammer Magazine

zigs and zags its way into your psyche
100 Years of Silence is a bizarre and inventive debut from So A.D.D., the handle of Seattle vocalist, songwriter and musician Jol'e Williams. Let Tori Amos attempt albums written from multiple personas --- this one actually achieves it! Playful, disorienting, strange and seductive, the album zigs and zags its way into your psyche, but never loses your attention. ...Included is a cover of Joe Arthur's "When I Was Running Out of Time" that renders the original inconsequential...
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Brian

Lush Lo-Fi
From the opening strains of "Potential Disaster" you'll notice that the lovely Jol'e carries a vocal style that combines shades of Souixie Souix, Gwen Steffani, and Patti Smith; this combo feels very carefully generated and it works perfectly with each and every one of the tracks on this disc. It would be safe to say that most women artists wish they could make such a patently cool album. This is a richly textured album which grows in both spacial depth and its mental effect each time it is replayed. There's so much more to it than one would first think. So...I must go spin it again...right away!
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Michel Sellam

Metamorphosis
Well, it's true that this album was purely inspired by artists such as P.J. Harvey, or Hope Sandoval..But still, I am in the need of more time to understand, and be able to write about it.
It is with no doubt, a deep voyage into the Sea...

Well, it's also true that I had the great honor to be "around" Jol'e while she was recording it...Piece by piece...
But I had the chance only lately to listen to it from its right beginning.
Perfectly balancing its pace between the tracks...blue and dark colors.
Jol'e's voice is just shinning above the parts...

"I wish" is a beautiful song, and Jol'e is a brilliant artist.
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Michael Anderson

So G.O.O.D.
Crafty, well blended mix on songs that is layered with the beautiful, haunting voice of Jol'e Williams. The album progresses through a mix of beats that surprisingly fall in place to make a well-rounded group of songs comlimented by the multi-instrumental talent of Mok Marquardt. Everything falls in place to make this one of my favorite albums - I would highly recommend this one!!
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Wystan Getz

better & better
I like this record more after each listen because I'm always noticing something new with how the whole experience comes together. While 100 Years of Silence reminds me of Hope Sandoval's Bavarian Fruit Bread, I cannot say it's descended of anything. When I DJ's in the early 90's bands like Lush & Mazzy Star we called "shoe gaze." You want to look at SoAdd...
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Anna Maria Stjärnell----Collected Sounds


Jol’e Williams makes up So A.D.D and this is her debut album.

She darts impatiently between musical styles and that lives up to the band name.

Potential Disaster sounds a bit Goth with swirly guitars and a strong lead vocal.

Dark Night is a whispery lullaby that’s nonetheless on the sinister side. Williams is good at that sort of a thing.

Brown Eyes has a rough, garagey feel and Williams vocal slithers like a snake.

Joseph Arthur’s “When I was running out of time” gets covered in a very nice way.

Jol’e Williams has made an album that’s worth hearing and she’s a talented artist.
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Darryn

A True Original
From the grinding gristle of "Potential Disaster" to the eerily beautiful soundscapes of "Dark Night" to the flat-out gorgeous "I Wish", this album is an adventure for the ears. The continuity of this album given the range of material is a testament to the production skills of Stan Satin and Zod. And I can't say enough about Jol'e's distinctive vocal presence. Her voice is as sumptuously textured as the music. No, still not enough, but it will have to do!
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Matthew Snyder

So A.D.D.
I had the privilege of having this album hand delivered by Jol'e Williams herself, along with a virtual walk through of the creation and layout of the artwork involved. Her dedication alone is worth noting in it's self. Furthermore, I have been a fan of So A.D.D. for some time and have been anticipating the release '100 years of silence' like a stuck pig. Raw, progressive, dark, and a self-admittance of having a crush on Jol'e's chaotic/radiant voice is purely unsubstantial, and inadmissible in a court of law. So don't blame me when you wake up criminal. Through the torment of the the United States Postal Service, and rebuttal of an African witch doctor, I was able to enjoy this 'compilation' of some very talented musicians. It's So P.L.A.I.N. to see that this album reaches out and refuses to let down even the most pessimistic of souls. What are you sitting there for? Are you waiting for it to come up and bite you in the pecker? A MUST!
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Shelly

So A.D.D.
Jol'e's voice captures the likeness of Tori Amos, hypnotic and mesmerizing and yet goth-like and enchanting like Siouxsie Sioux.....So A.D.D. truly mixes up their sound and style which I personally liked because sometimes you feel like you're listening to the same song with a different beat with most artists. Jol'e is a story teller with her soulful voice lending comfort and inspiration through song..I especially love, "I Wish" Joseph Arthur's "When I Was Running Out of Time" and "I Miss You." Each song is different in its own harmonius beauty leaving you wanting more when the CD is over. This is a must buy to start off for 2008.
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