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Editors’ Notes

Alice Ripley first worked up these songs as a way of unwinding after her Tony Award-winning performances as the troubled Diana in the musical Next to Normal. She brings a smoldering desperation to her readings of everything from Carole King’s “It’s Too Late” to R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts,” accompanied only by her acoustic guitar. A talented songwriter herself, Ripley gets under the skin of these tunes to find unexpected pockets of suffering and need. Especially revealing is her nervously urgent take on Sting’s “Message In a Bottle” and her melancholy treatment of Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey’s “Take It Easy.” She infuses “Anticipation” with an anxiety missing in the Carly Simon original. Her anguished vocal edge brings out every iota of rage in Alanis Morrisette’s “You Ought to Know.” Rather than tackling such tunes like a rock singer, Ripley combines the clarity of musical theater with the vulnerability of a folk artist in her approach. The results are often surprising and sometimes disturbing, but consistently fresh and unique.

Customer Reviews

'Daily Practice' Pays Off

'Daily Practice, Vol. 1' is Alice Ripley's second solo studio venture, and it is a solid sophomore album from the Tony Award-winning talent. 'Daily Practice' differs from Ripley's other studio albums of original material ('Everything's Fine,' her first solo album, and 'Outtasite!' and 'RIPLEY EP,' recorded with her eponymous band, RIPLEY) in that 'Daily Practice' consists entirely of covers of songs by other artists, artists that Ripley has explained have inspired her and helped her become the musician she is today. On each of the ten acoustic tracks, Ripley (and her Taylor guitar) takes songs well-ingrained in the collective American psyche and manages to bring something new to each song, personalizing it and making it her own. Highlights include Ripley's take on Carole King's "It's Too Late," Bruce Springsteen's "Thunder Road," and U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," plus a scathing rendition of Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know," though there isn't a single track on the album that doesn't beg to be listened to on repeat.

DO NOT HESITATE to buy this album, it does not disappoint.

RIPLEY was taking a huge risk making an album like this.... a certain amount of venerability was required to pull this album off. But as an artist, in order to produce brilliant work, we are forced to take greater risks and expose who we are to the world. I give her a lot of credit for being so devoted to her fans and really delivering a quality album that sends, such an important message. You don't have to dive any deeper than the title (but I strongly suggest you do), to understand that 'Daily Practice' is a huge factor to our success, in any given walk of life. In order to keep the ball rolling, we must keep our mind in a progressive path, on a task, to keep focused and sane. RIPLEY and her music have kept me sane the last 5+ years and has changed the way I view the world. DO NOT HESITATE to buy this album, it does not disappoint.

No MAMMA NO!!!

If you have seen her work on stage, you have witnessed a very powerful performer/artist. Sadly, she is WAY off the mark with all of this material.
While it might be vulnerable, she missed it totally. I would not recommend any of this to anyone. The great thing about good covers is they reinvent the songs, they sound fresh and you remember why the original was so cool! These covers make me feel the opposite. She does not honor them in anyway. Original-yes, Good-NO!

Daily Practice, Vol. 1, Alice Ripley
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