Alina Simone – Everyone Is Crying Out to Me, Beware

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Artist: Alina Simone
Album: Everyone Is Crying Out to Me, Beware
File Under: Folk-Punk
Recommended if You Like: Cat Power
Featured Track:  Half My KingdomBeware

Listen to ‘Half My Kingdom’:

Listen to ‘Beware’:

I had never heard of Alina Simone, or Yanka Dayagileva for that matter, until I saw this album show up on a couple Best of 2008 lists.  Intrigued I loaded it up in my Rhapsody account and now I’m hooked.  

Alina Simone’s, Everyone Is Crying Out to Me, Beware is a collection of cover songs paying homage to the late Yanka Dyagileva, a young Soviet poet reminiscent of Patti Smith who found cult fame only after her death in 1991. The Brooklyn-based, Ukraine-born Simone sings the songs in Russian and brings an aching passion to Dayagileva’s lo-fi folk punk material. It’s very Cat Power.  Beautiful, haunting and powerful.

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