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Album Review

Stunningly attractive, angel-voiced Brit songstresses always seem to be in good supply, but Leona Naess' heralded debut Comatised promised to be so much more. Unfortunately, her freshman jitters left the album feeling a bit half-baked and somewhat rushed. Her follow-up I Tried to Rock You But You Only Roll revisits the loveworn lyrics and charming melodic themes of its predecessor, but adds the confidence and focus Comatised lacked on about two-thirds of its tracks. The opener "Blue Eyed Baby" picks up exactly where her exceptional debut single "Charm Attack" left off, and Naess' sweet, milky vocals (here captured in all their richness by producer Martin Terefe) draw her taut rhythms and rich melodies neatly together. She proves with her second disc that "Charm Attack" was by no means the limit of her impressive pop abilities.

Customer Reviews

Beautifully talented! Why isn't she main stream yet!

All of Leona's albums are awesome and each song is unique and memorable. Each one will take you back to a fun/sad/happy moment in your life. I remember picking up her first album just a few days after it was released after randomly deciding to give it a listen in the store. I was definitely lucky on that day, since her beautifully written songs have kept me company ever since! This is probably my favorite of all her albums, but definitely give them all a try. Highly recommended!!!

And that's when the Love Affair started...

I came across Leona Naess from this album, picked it up on a whim, and absolutely fell in love with her. Catchy tunes like "All the Stars", "Blue Eyed Baby", and the somewhat cheesily named (but well sung) "I Tried to Rock You..." will have you tapping your feet. Her voice serenely glides on the slower (but still memorable) tunes "Sunny Sunday" (my favorite track on the album), "Panic-Stricken", and "Promise to Try". A really great album from start to finish.

Leona Naess rocks!

This is a really strong album and follow-up to Charm Attack. "All the Stars", "I Tried to Rock You But You Only Roll", and "Blue Eyed Baby" are all remarkable songs that make you scratch your head and say: "why isn't Leona Naess huge?" The sad answer is not that Leona Naess isn't wicked talented, but that the music industry is biased at the promotional level. Far less talent is being promoted (radio play) to us listeners at the expense of talent like Naess. Thanks to iTunes, I found out about Leona Naess. I would have never heard of her othewise. Thank you Apple!


Born: July 31, 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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