Come On, Come Out
The album opens strong with Come On, Come Out, a catchy piano song that is performed full of passion and makes an instant connection with the listener. It has a ring to it that sticks with you and you’ll find yourself humming the song long after you listened to it.
The Minnow & The Trout
The strong Minnow & The Trout is A Fine Frenzy’s signature song. It shows clever piano pop with strong lyrics and a singer/songwriter who is able to become one with her creation. This young balladeer impresses with this excellent song.
The intimate, almost small, Whisper is a slight change of pace. While it’s still a song full of passion/emotion, A Fine Frenzy doesn’t shine through as much as she did on the first two songs. I’m not sure if she’s forcing it, or if the song just doesn’t come out as well, but there’s something.
You Picked Me
You Picked Me is an interesting song and the vocals are from an incredibly high quality and the full sound of the song is quite well done, but the song itself isn’t really all that memorable. It’s a job well done, but it misses the personal connection that I immediately had with Come On.. & Minnow/Trout.
The emotion just pours out of Rangers which is intensely sung and performed. A Fine Frenzy shows how well she can construct a song that is appealing and honest. With one of the best female vocals in today’s pop music, Rangers is a song that you should hear.
Perhaps A Fine Frenzy’s best known song, Almost Lover is worthy of that label. It might not be her very best song, but it sure is one of her best. The excellent build-up, the strong and passionate vocals and the subtle piano that builds up to an important force in the song, this song is perfectly set up and doesn’t fail to move the listener.
Think Of You
The intimate Think of You is a song that I can listen to over and over again. It’s one of those songs that, when you listen to them, you believe they are meant for you. It’s a song that you feel and that you can cherish. Musically there are a lot of subtle and clever parts in its arrangement too.
Ashes And Wine
Ashes And Wine has a great build up, and once again, it has wonderful vocals. It’s not A Fine Frenzy’s best song on the album, but it is a very good song that deserves notion. All the pieces fit together and the song’s build up is very well-done.
Liar, Liar has a certain catchiness about it, which makes it a good radio single candidate for me. Especially the chorus is something that you can’t get out of your head. The vocals resonate in your head while you can’t get rid of the piano melody that really works very well for this song.
Last Of Days
I love the intro to Last of Days. It’s a great way to lead up to the actual song, which has a bit of an alternative twist to it, both musically & vocally. It needs some time to grow, but once you let it, the song will actually impress.
Lifesize has a bit of a Coldplay sound woven through it, and it’s quite a good radio song, but by no means is it A Fine Frenzy’s best song. But like I pointed out, it’s the song on this album that is most fit on the radio and might propel her career into super stardom.
Near To You
This probably is my favorite song, with it’s emotional and delcicate nature. The vocals really vibrate the lyrics to life. The song is pretty much stripped down and shows the talents of this young singer/songwriter as a balladeer and performer. It’s basically music back to the essence. And A Fine Frenzy is very convincing.
Hope For The Hopeless
I could never really get into this song. Hope For The Hopeless was a song title that sparked my interest, but the song could never touch me very much. It might be me more than the song, but I just don’t feel it. At one point where the music gets a little richer/louder, I thought I was getting into it, but then it basically stays the same and I miss the real excitement.
The folky Borrowed Time is a great way to end this album. It has a nice rhythm to it which allows for humming or foot-tapping along and it gives a sense of personal connection. This little troubadour has ended “One Cell In The Sea” on a very satisfying note.
With “One Cell In The Sea”, A Fine Frenzy proves she is a very good musician and an amazing vocalist. She writes great lyrics and backs the lyrics up with great melodies and those are the basics to become a great singer/songwriter. This girl has class, style and a whole lot of talent, and “One Cell In The Sea” is a strong album that promises much more!