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CD REVIEW: Dahlia Wakefield – “Close to Home”
By Stacey Board - 06/23/2004 - 08:05 PM EDT

Artist: Dahlia Wakefield
Album: “Close to Home”
CD Review: I get really mad at the music industry when I hear artists like Dahlia Wakefield.
Here’s why. Wakefield is singing and writing music in the same danceable pop genre as, oh lets pick on Britney.

Dahlia has better vocal chops. Dahlia is also an attractive woman. Dahlia writes her own material, with cowriting help on two of the 10 songs on this CD. The songs are as hooky, danceable and polished as any pop songs on the radio out there now.

In fact, if you put “Close to Home” in your CD player and closed your eyes, the only difference you would find between this and most of the latest generic female pop records is that you would probably like this one better.

What Britney is selling these days sure isn’t singing and has never been songwriting. Wakefield is a songwriter with a strong sense of groove and powerful singing chops. Call me crazy, but I prefer that any day. Fans of power pop and great singing will enjoy “Close to Home”.

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