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Dala: Who Do You Think You Are.



Trying to connect with Dala's Who Do You Think You Are is a vexing experience. There's a lot to like here, but not quite enough to really warrant a wholehearted endorsement. Some albums grow on a listener with repeated plays; this one presents and stays curiously neutral.

The production, entrusted to the capable hands of Michael Roth, is flawless. As a key creative with Sony, Roth was responsible for building the Canadian branch of the label that includes Our Lady Peace, Chantal Kreviazuk and Philosopher Kings. Obviously, he sees a similar potential in Dala. But what is Roth seeing that isn't coming across in the group's albums?

Sheila Carabine and Amanda Walther, who together form the core of Dala, are talented vocalists, and together they are capable of creating achingly beautiful harmonies. Their 2005 debut, Angels and Thieves, illustrated this ability, particularly on that album's handful of well-chosen covers that included The Cure's "Love Song" and Blur's "Out of Time."

Who Do You Think You Areis comprised entirely of the women's original compositions. Unfortunately, the mellow melodies quickly prove monotonous. And the lyrics, which are fairly strong, particularly on "Perfect Photo" and the title track, get lost in a sea of easy-listening mediocrity.

It's one thing to create a signature sound; it's quite another to bore your audience. Someone needs to let Dala know that it's okay to be singers without necessarily also being songwriters.

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Author:Filipenko, Cindy
Article Type:Sound recording review
Date:Jan 1, 2008
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