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free music friday: dot allison
September 4, 2009, 7:05 am
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220709_dotallisonDot Allison
‘Buzzing Round The Honey Pots’ [acoustic]

In the 10 years since the release of her debut solo album Afterglow, former One Dove frontwoman Dot Allison has worked with some of the biggest names in alternative music, from electro-rockers Death In Vegas to tabloid staple Pete Doherty, via Kevin Shields and Massive Attack. She releases her fourth solo album, Room 7½, on Monday – almost exactly 2 years on from her folksy reinvention on 2007’s Exaltation Of Larks – and her musical friends are out in force to help. Co-produced with longtime PJ Harvey cohort Rob Ellis, the album contains duets with both Paul Weller (first single ‘Love’s Got Me Crazy’, out September 14th) and Pete Doherty (‘I Wanna Break Your Heart’), while the likes of former Bad Seed Mick Harvey, Biffy Clyro’s James Johnston and Terry Edwards of The Scapegoats add some musical muscle.

As an acoustic version of an already largely acoustic album track, this take on ‘Buzzing Round The Honey Pots’ doesn’t really offer much additional insight into the workings of the song. But while it lacks the drama of the original’s vaguely foreboding conclusion, it’s every bit as effective at conveying a sense of barely restrained bitterness. “You’ve been pollinating other flowers / pretty little orchids right beneath my feet,” simmers Dot, likening her unfaithful guy to “a busy little worker bee”. Her spooked, fragile vocals and the almost churchy resonance of the guitar keep the song purposeful and focused on the sting of a painful discovery. MP3 after the jump.

FREE MP3: Dot Allison, ‘Buzzing Round The Honey Pots’ [acoustic]

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