A Fine Frenzy, Alison Sudol, took an April residency at the Coronet Theater at the Largo in Los Angeles, CA, and it’s safe to say if you missed this unique opportunity to spend an intimate night with Ms.Sudol wrapped in her love songs, you may never truly understand the spice a hopeless romantic craves. It is quite unbelievable that a woman as dainty, adorable and sweet could find herself writing the woes of romance.
As Sudol sweetly sipped hot tea while sharing the innocent tales of her life between songs her manly maestros would quietly play musical chairs just behind her, switching not only chairs but instruments – the crews simplicity and impeccable musicianship along with the intimate setting provided by the Largo made it seem as though they were all just invited over for an afternoon brunch; providing the comfort needed for Alison need to pour out personal secrets during the evening. My favorite peer into her life was the depiction of how her home looked like the seven dwarfs, when she explained this was not her intention but this is “what happens when you leave her alone with a piece of property.” The innocence and honesty emanating from songs was rang true of her tales as well, forcing your mind to race on wondering how Ms. Sudol was still a misses as the crowd would drown in soft, friendly laughter. From the moment each song started, the laughter of the crowd would come to a complete hush allowing the music to call on the hearts of passionate kissers, especially those hopeful of long awaited kiss described in Electric Twist.
A Fine Frenzy started off her set with the upbeat and first track off her latest release Bomb in a Birdcage, “Wouldn’t Do,” and then it was though her set list had a mind of it’s own, traveling through her passionate songs from both A Fine Frenzy albums. Sudol was so cute she caught herself excited and played a few additional songs even after her encore and she ended up perfectly closing with a solo performance of “The Minnow & The Trout“ off of her first album, One Cell in the Sea, reminding us that what we are not that different after all.
During her finale, she shyly asked the audience if she could just play one more as she was already softly skipping over to the piano and waving her band off the stage, a man called out to her from the silent audience, “You are adorable,” she misunderstood him and asked for him to repeat, “You are adorable,” he proudly shouted for a second time. She maintained her admirality when she released a small giggle and retorted, “Oh, I thought you said I was purple! And purple is actually my least favorite color, I like violet and lavender just not purple.”
Once you’ve spent an affectionate night with A Fine Frenzy, you wonder how hopeless romantics survived this planet without her beautiful face and well-fit music.