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Wind-Up Canary


Download links and information about Wind-Up Canary by Casey Dienel. This album was released in 2006 and it belongs to Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative genres. It contains 12 tracks with total duration of 48:57 minutes.

Artist: Casey Dienel
Release date: 2006
Genre: Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative
Tracks: 12
Duration: 48:57
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No. Title Length
1. Doctor Monroe 4:34
2. Everything 3:04
3. Baby James 3:27
4. Cabin Fever 5:23
5. Frankie and Annette 3:13
6. The Coffee Beanery 4:54
7. Embroidery 3:23
8. Old Man 3:34
9. Stationary 4:02
10. Tundra 5:19
11. All or Nothing 3:58
12. The La La Song 4:06



On her debut album, Massachusetts native Casey Dienel spells Nellie McKay for a bit while the other brash young blonde piano player works through her record-label difficulties. Dienel isn't entirely McKay redux: the Broadway and hip-hop influences are missing on Wind-Up Canary, Dienel's piano playing sounds a little more boogie-woogie than cocktail jazzy, and her pre-rock vocal idol is more likely to be Edith Piaf than Doris Day. Still, Dienel's cutting lyrics about rueful love affairs ("Baby James," the Boston-specific townie romance "Frankie and Annette") and bizarre character studies (the album-opening "Doctor Monroe," a goofily surreal story about a drunk on a train) will feel comfortably familiar to McKay fans, and there's an undeniable vocal similarity on songs like the somewhat melancholy "Cabin Fever." To her credit, Dienel has a sparkling personality all her own, giving Wind-Up Canary a dry, mordant wit that's much less clever-clever than McKay's sometimes exhausting precociousness, and she's an impressively strong melodicist. Like McKay, Sarah Sharp and Sylvie Lewis — even Dienel's Boston buddy Amanda Palmer of Dresden Dolls, to some extent, and yes, also Norah Jones — Casey Dienel has updated the tradition of wide-ranging, jazz-influenced female singer/songwriters that's largely lain fallow since the heydays of Laura Nyro and Joni Mitchell, and Wind-Up Canary is a compelling, highly enjoyable debut.