A IS FOR DOT ALLISON

Dot Allison is probably the only female singer to rival Beth Orton for her ‘comedown queen’ crown.

Dot Allison (born Dorothy Elliot Allison, 17 August 1969, Edinburgh) was originally a founder of One Dove. In 1991, Dot and One Dove released one LP, “Morning Dove White”, a Weatherall-produced post-club classic. One Dove split up in the late 1990s following wrangling with their record label. Dot withdrew from music for a while before returning as a solo artist.

She released her debut album, ‘Afterglow’, in 1999 to generally positive reviews. The album was a song-oriented pop outing but to me, despite the personal lyrics, it lacked any real feeling of warmth, engagement or passion. I remember going to see her somewhere in Tottenham Court Road, London, around the time the album came out. I had loved One Dove but had never seen them, so was really looking forward to it. But it was a strange affair. She sang well but, like the album, it was a bloodless affair and her performance got a muted reaction. Also there was Richard Fearless. He was DJ-ing (I think she was was going out with him at the time) and seemed more engaged than she did. ‘Afterglow’ was followed by the electro and house music inspired ‘We Are Science’ in 2002.

Her latest album “Exaltation of Larks” was released in September 2007. According to the blurb “This release transports the listener back to the pre-psychedelia of “Dusty In Memphis” and “Pet Sounds””.

Despite initially moving away from strictly electronic fare, there are a small number of remixes that, to me, make better use of her voice than her own material.

Dot Allison – Substance (Felix or Housecat Mix)

Dot Allison – We’re Only Science (Slam Remix)

Dot Allison – I Think I Love You (Keith Tenniswood Remix)

Tomorrow, her pure pop stuff.

Dot Allison website
Dot on MySpace

Buy her latest album

~ by acidted on March 18, 2008.

One Response to “A IS FOR DOT ALLISON”

  1. […] A recap on Dot: Dot Allison (born Dorothy Elliot Allison, 17 August 1969, Edinburgh) was originally a founder of One Dove. In 1991, Dot and One Dove released one LP, “Morning Dove White”, a Weatherall-produced post-club classic. One Dove split up in the late 1990s following wrangling with their record label. Dot withdrew from music for a while before returning as a solo artist. More here. […]

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