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Reviewed by Chris Auman

Azita Year

Year is the sixth solo record for the avant garde chanteuse, and former no-wave antagonist, AZITA. It's a slight departure from her previous effort, Disturbing the Air. One might even call it accessible. Almost. 

It has it's darker moments to be sure, (like the song "Opening" later reprised as "Closing"), but songs like "Out and Around" have a hopeful, optimistic vibe to them and "Ice", despite the coldness of the title, conjours up feelings of inside warmth when outside it's anything but. 

"Passengers" has AZITA's piano sharing space with a warm-toned guitar that verges on 70s AM radio. “It’s Understanding” is a rolling piano tune which showcases AZITAs immediately recognizable, and at times atonal, singing voice searching for the key before thinking better of it. 

The standout track for me, clocking in at eight minutes and fifty-one seconds, is the surprisingly good, dubby reggae tune, “Something That Happened”—just another twist in the shifting road Azita travels on.

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