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Album Review

Singers who grow up in countries that are known for long, dark, cold winters don't necessarily provide an abundance of melancholy music. ABBA, after all, came out of Sweden — and they wrote the book on fun, frivolous, sugary Europop and became the blueprint for countless other Scandinavian (and German and Dutch) party groups. But it is safe to say that melancholy (or melancholic) is something that some Nordic artists do very well — Denmark's Tina Dico, for example. In the Red (which was released in Denmark in 2005 and the United States and England in early 2006) is a moody, dusky, highly introspective adult alternative/folk-rock outing that has plenty of melancholy moments, although it isn't as dark or troubled a disc as, say, Fiona Apple's Tidal. Dico has been quoted as saying that her three favorite albums of all time are Joni Mitchell's Blue, Tracy Chapman's self-titled debut album, and Nirvana's Nevermind — and while In the Red doesn't sound anything like Nevermind (Dico's work is reflective and understated, not forceful or aggressive), one can see that the Dane picked those three classics because she obviously identifies with music's deep thinkers. For all its restraint, In the Red has a lot of meat on its bones. Dico's performances are subtle but never wimpy — and anyone who has spent a lot of time savoring the likes of Mitchell (a major influence), Sarah McLachlan, Beth Orton, or Dido would have a hard time not enjoying finely crafted gems like "Room with a View," "One," "Losing," and "Head Shop." Produced by Chris Potter (the guy who worked with the Verve, not the jazz reedman Potter), In the Red is a highly promising effort from Dico — not to mention extremely listenable.

Customer Reviews


A friend of mine slipped me an advance copy of the album a few weeks back and I haven't stopped playing it ever since. Tina is unique. There is a depth and emotional resonance to her voice that gets me every time I listen. She has no peer out there. The quality of the songwriting is perfection and whilst the production is quite simple, this record won't date and will sound as good in years to come. And to think, this is all on her own label... If there is any justice in the world of Rock N Roll, Tina will be a huge star and here to stay.

A great free track..go buy the album!

I downloaded "In the Red" as a free track yesterday and haven't stopped listening to it on my nano since I got it! The 30s clips sound very promising so I think i'm gonna buy the rest of the album - I really loved her voice in Zero 7 so i'm sure if you're a fan, you won't be disappointed!

Angel with cigarette voice

Tina Dico has a rare voice; part angelic and part melancholic raw, her first international release is like a best-of of all the work she’s put into her own music in the last years. For once, the term “best-of” actually makes sense. Lyrics – hovering between the abstract and the concrete – blend beautifully with the drawn out piano/guitar/brush-drum-sticks and the self-portrait painted is one of Scandinavian light, small meets big and youthfulness no matter how much the label wants to slick the album up for international release. It’s been allowed to slip through only because Tina Dico did all the hard work herself. Uniquely “In The Red” is a personal statement from a girl who discovered herself as she wrote her songs, sitting alone in a window-sill watching the world go by. It’s worth more than just a listen as layers peel slowly away and require some patience, especially on the last half of the album, where the single releases have been left behind and honest dejection instead shines through. In The Red can’t really be done justice with 30 second clips; it needs repeat sittings to realize what a classic album it really is.


Born: 14 October 1977 in Aarhus, Denmark

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

With heavenly vocals and a poignant writing style, singer/songwriter Tina Dico has topped the charts repeatedly in her native Denmark, caught the ear of Zero 7, and earned a Danish Grammy for Best Songwriter. As she was growing up, her father was a hi-fi aficionado and bought music based on the recording quality, not the genre or artistic merit. This introduced young Tina to a variety of styles, and while she gravitated toward Leonard Cohen, Donovan, and Joni Mitchell, she was well versed in opera...
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