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Album Review

Listening to Leona Naess' debut album, Comatised, the first thing one notices about her singing is how much she sounds like Edie Brickell. But this CD also proves that the British singer/songwriter is very much her own person. Naess' airy vocals might have a very Brickell-ish quality, but it's clear that a lot of other artists have had an impact on her introspective brand of alternative pop/rock. One can hear that Naess has been affected by fellow singer/songwriters — Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos, and Beth Orton are among the names that come to mind — and there are also hints of the Cure, David Bowie, Joy Division, and other British rockers in her work. Naess claims Tracy Chapman as a major influence, although Naess' voice doesn't sound anything like Chapman's. However, there are slight traces of Chapman in some of Naess' writing, but unlike Chapman, she doesn't bring a heavy sociopolitical agenda to the table. Rather, Naess chooses to make relationships and emotions her focus on this fairly promising, if imperfect, debut.


Born: 31 July 1974 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s

She's the daughter of Arne Naess, former husband of Supreme Diana Ross. Born and raised in England but presently based in New York, Leona Naess is an introspective singer/songwriter whose alternative pop-rock draws on influences ranging from Edie Brickell, Tori Amos and Joni Mitchell to the Cure, David Bowie and Joy Division. It's impossible to miss the similarity between Naess' voice and Brickell's; nonetheless, Brickell is only one of the many artists who has influenced Naess' work. Naess was in...
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