Traveling With Lady Berlin
The Alice Project
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||We Will Love U||The Alice Project||3:17||€0.99||View in iTunes|
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||I Don't Wanna Be Alone||The Alice Project||3:22||€0.99||View in iTunes|
||8-10 Parliament Street||The Alice Project||3:34||€0.99||View in iTunes|
||Marilyn's Things||The Alice Project||2:19||€0.99||View in iTunes|
||I'm Not Afraid to Live||The Alice Project||5:53||€0.99||View in iTunes|
||How I Wish||The Alice Project||3:27||€0.99||View in iTunes|
||She Always Notices the Sky||The Alice Project||4:24||€0.99||View in iTunes|
College towns have a way of producing talented singer/songwriters. Princeton, NJ, the home of Princeton University, is also the home of singer/songwriter Alice Leon and her band the Alice Project. One hears a great deal of potential on the Alice Project's second album, Traveling With Lady Berlin, which is vulnerable and sensitive without being wimpy. Leon's expressive vocals and contemplative, often poetic lyrics bring to mind storytellers who range from Carole King to Edie Brickell and Sheryl Crow, but without Crow's tendency to be cryptic at times. The New Jersey resident does a lot of reflecting on this melodic pop/rock effort — tracks like "I Don't Wanna Be Alone," "How I Wish," "Uncle," and "I'm Not Afraid to Live" are quite introspective — but other times, Leon turns her attention to the experiences of others. "Marilyn's Things" is an interesting and pointed number about obsessive Marilyn Monroe fans who attend auctions to make bids on items that the late sex goddess once owned; people who, Leon concludes, must lead very empty lives. And the song's message doesn't only apply to those who obsess over Monroe's possessions. It can apply to anyone who feels the need to live through someone else. Released in late 2000, this CD makes one hope that the Alice Project will become better known.
Formed: 1997 in Princeton, NJ
Years Active: '90s, '00s