Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Tina Dico / NY Times review

Tina Dico began and ended her show at the Highline Ballroom on Monday night in singer-songwriter mode, fingerpicking a guitar and articulating her reflective lyrics. But the lovelorn dichotomies of “Heaven and Hell,” her dramatic opener, fell some distance from the pragmatic advice of “An Open Ending,” her final encore. “There’s no beginning like an open ending,” she sang in that song, urging a spirit of enterprise and surrender.

Ms. Dico, from Denmark (where she was born) by way of London (where she now lives), was performing material from her engaging new release, “A Beginning, a Detour, an Open Ending” (Defend Music/Ryko). Recorded in several installments over the last two years, it assumes the form of a three-EP set but coheres as a full-length album. And with a sparse sort of warmth, it highlights the expressive clarity of Ms. Dico’s singing. (more at nytimes.com)