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Album Review

Being a singer/songwriter with a yen for melody and burnished '70s pop, Alicia Witt finds an ideal partner in Ben Folds, the singer/songwriter/producer who has carried the flag for piano-driven pop since the '90s. Folds produced Revisionary History, the long-gestating 2015 debut by Witt, plus he co-wrote on occasion and his influence can be heard on the profane refrains of "About Me," which is otherwise a startling homage to Billy Joel's early period (its surging arpeggios make it a dead ringer for "Everybody Loves You Now"). Joel is generally a better touchstone for Witt than Folds because she's very much grounded in the sensitive singer/songwriters of the '70s, alternating between majestic pop and sighing ballads. So easy is her touch that when she finds space for rapper ToneZ on "Down," it's rather embarrassing: she's trying to assert her modernity when she's better off as a staunch classicist, reviving the tunes and sloppy emotions of the '70s. That's what she does throughout Revisionary History — "Blind" touches upon sun-bleached SoCal country-rock, "Theme from Pasadena" is nicely ersatz Beach Boys, "Friend" is Carole King by any other name — and that allegiance to the past is not only palpable, it's appealing.

Customer Reviews

Awesome Album

I've been a fan for a few years now and am in no way disappointed in Alicia Witt's new album. It rocks and is soulful. One of the tracks that was already available on her EP was redone and is one of my favorites. I recommend this album! And I can't wait to see her in Nashville May 28th!!!

A showcase of beautiful music and lyrics

A complex and multi-dimensional album that showcases her beautiful voice and exceptional lyrics. Including songs from a variety of genres, Revisionary History is a collection of pieces that that puts words to what we often can't. This is a long-awaited album that will make you want to laugh, cry and get up and dance all in the space of a few minutes.

Beautiful voice

Under-represented on contemporary radio, Ms Witt has a perfect voice. Breakout artist primed for crossover appeal. Revisionary History is just the latest superior work


Born: August 21, 1975 in Worcester, MA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Alicia Witt first appeared onscreen in 1984, playing Alia Atreides in David Lynch's adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune. She wasn't even ten years old, so it's little wonder that she wound up being pigeonholed as an actress and not a musician, even though she had been playing piano for at least as long as she had been acting. It is true that she appeared onscreen more often than she recorded, returning to duty for Lynch in a 1990 episode of Twin Peaks and then regularly showing up on film and television...
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